EFESeville, Spain

Spanish breast milk banks have become instrumental in supporting mothers to nourish their infants, according to the Spanish Association of Human Milk Banks.

Spain currently has 16 human milk banks scattered across the country and at the Virgen de las Nieves hospital in Granada, over 3,700 babies have benefitted from the program which has distributed more than 8,800 liters of milk since it opened 12 years ago.

Manuela Peña, president of the Spanish Association of Breast Milk Banks and coordinating neonatologist of the bank at the Granada hospital, says raising awareness of these largely unknown programs is essential because "not only sick newborns" benefit from the service.