First-in-the-State Service Will Allow Nursing Moms to Donate Breast Milk for Babies Who Need It Most
North Memorial Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to offer a donation program for nursing moms to drop of their extra milk for babies whose mothers are unable to produce milk for various reasons. 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 also a Depot for the Iowa Milk Bank to help boost its supply.
Breast milk contains cells, hormones and antibodies known to protect babies from illness while also providing all the nutrients and antibodies a baby needs.
For most babies, especially premature babies, breast milk is easier to digest than formula. The proteins in formula are made from cow’s milk and it takes time for babies’ stomachs to adjust to digesting them.
Some research shows that breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of Type 1 diabetes, childhood leukemia, and atopic dermatitis (a type of skin rash) in babies. Breastfeeding has also been shown to lower the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).*
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*U.S. Department of Health and Human Services