The first breast milk bank in the south of Vietnam became operational at the Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10.

Human milk bank is a service for those who wish to share their breast milk with others donate the milk for vulnerable infants, orphans or nursing mothers.

On average, Tu Du Maternity Hospital delivers and provides medical treatment for about 6,000-7,000 babies born with low birth weight every year, but only 30 percent of the newborns with illnesses can be breastfed by their mothers.

The bank is hoped to be part of the network of breast milk banks in Southeast Asia and the world over.-VNA