Bacterial Safety of Flash-heated breastmilk using a temperature probe.

Mageshree Naicker, Prof A Coutsoudis


Human milk banks are a crucial resource for providing donor milk to vulnerable infants, but ensuring the safety of milk banking processes is challenging in resource-poor settings. Flash heating is a low-technology, affordable method of breast milk pasteurization, but is difficult to implement due to inadequate capacity to accurately monitor and validate milk temperatures reached.  The goal of this project is to compare the bacterial safety of flash heated breastmilk samples pasteurized using FONEASTRA(a low-cost human milk banking safety management system with temperature monitoring); with flash heated breastmilk samples pasteurized without temperature monitoring.