My DD was born at 28weeks and I was advised that the hospital policy was to provide donor milk until a) your milk comes in b) baby reaches 1kg or c) baby has been in NICU for 30 days.
Unfortunately, my milk never really came in! Certainly not by lack of trying (a billion LC's, midi's, herbal supplements, medication and acupuncture). Because I didn't want my baby fed formula (I kept believing one day I'd be leaking milk) I chose to "buy" donor milk to top up mine. However, at $160/litre (including freight) this wasn't really sustainable. Yes you eventually get a kick back in tax as you're actually donating to the milk bank but it's still quite pricey! Add to that the stress of having a prem, finishing work 3 months earlier, thousands of $$ in car parking at hospital etc.
I managed to have DD on donor milk and my milk for 7.5 weeks and after that she went to a combo of whatever I could get out and pre-term formula made by Aptamil. We were discharged at 9 weeks (DD was still not quite 37weeks) and she had to start on normal formula as I was advised that pre-term formula isn't available to the general public.
I was also advised by doctors and nurses that each feed a prem has is also combined with protein supplements etc so they aren't having straight BM until they actually suck directly from you. I wonder if any of that type of thing was included in the study?
I really do think that the option of donor milk needs to be more readily available, however I can understand that it costs milk banks lots of money in set up and screening the milk etc. In Brisbane a new bank has opened so maybe that's helped ease it a bit? I know many mothers who had such an oversupply of milk and had bags and bags stored up but either hadn't been tested by the milk bank or were waiting for it to be collected by them.
I did have a couple of friends offer to donate their milk but I just felt like I couldn't risk it because I didn't know all their medical history etc and my baby had already entered with a hard start, I didn't want to do something "wrong" and have her made worse by trying to do the right thing, iykwim.
Hopefully they can continue to research and maybe this might help push more funding to milk banks/Prems! *fingers crossed*