Today, the four of us met with the staff of Mothers' Milk Bank here in Austin. Their mission as a non-profit is to accept, pasteurize, and dispense donor human milk by physician prescription primarily to premature and ill infants.
Premature babies are 6-10x more likely to acquire life-threatening infections. Hospital neonatologists strongly recommend that mothers of premature infants breastfeed because a breastfed baby's likelihood of contracting a devastating disease is substantially reduced. Unfortunately, fewer then half of mothers with premies are able to provide their babies with breast milk. This is where Mother's Milk Bank comes in. They provide safe human milk to premature and sick babies in the hospital Neonatal ICU and to some babies who have gone home.
After touring the facility where the milk is pasteurized and tested for nutrients, Stephanie and I (and the girls) planted flowers in the entryway of the organization. The girls loved digging the holes and spreading the potting soil for the flowers.
The Milk Bank has milk drop-off locations around Texas. If you are out-of-state or too far away to deliver your milk, they will send you a special box with dry-ice to ship the milk from anywhere in the US (postage paid).
Guys - I know this one seems a little hard to imagine how to help, but the organization was really neat and they are saving the lives of tiny babies every day.
I am not sure if I should to ask a question here like, "Have you ever donated breast milk?" or just leave this space blank? :)
We were also able to donate a new double electric breast pump from Lansinoh.
Check out KVUE's recent story about Mothers' Milk Bank:
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