For various reasons, a mother may not always be able to produce breast milk for her baby. North Memorial Medical Center’s breast milk depot makes it possible for women with an ample supply of breast milk to share that gift with an infant in need.
Second only to mother’s own breast milk, donated milk is a wonderful way for babies to receive the very best nutrition. Donor milk is often used as a bridge to help nourish premature babies until a birth mother’s milk comes in.
Locally-donated milk is safely screened and pasteurized at the University of Iowa Milk Bank and returned to babies of need in the surrounding communities. Donating moms are also put through a screening process and blood test before their milk is accepted into the program.
Before now, North Memorial had received donor milk from a program at the University of Iowa. High demand on the program caused a shortage in the supply, creating the perfect opportunity for North Memorial to set up its own program. North Memorial continues to receive screened and pasteurized donor breast milk from the University of Iowa Milk Bank and is now a depot for the milk bank to help boost its supply.
For information about how to donate breast milk or receive a supply, call our lactation consultants at 763-581-8340 or click here to download an information sheet.
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