Chinese mothers donate to country's first breast milk bank

Published On: May 09 2013 11:41:36 AM EDT
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Mothers are donating breast milk to China’s first breast milk bank.

So far, around 80 mothers have made donations to the milk bank in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The bank opened in late March for a trial period and is expected to officially open in early June.

Mothers must undergo a blood test and other health screenings before qualifying to become donors.

The Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center spent thousands of dollars to facilitate the bank.

The milk bank’s co-founder said she hoped it would help promote breast feeding.

China has seen a number of food safety scandals in recent years.

In 2008, chemical-laced baby milk formula killed six children and made 300,000 sick across China.