Many new moms have a special gift for babies that only they can provide: their own milk. Mothers' Milk Bank (MMB) Colorado, a non-profit program of the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation, is close to reaching its goal of 800 new human milk donors in 2013 and is asking new, lactating moms to consider giving the gift of milk donations to help save the lives of infants across the country.
The nationwide demand for milk currently outweighs MMB Colorado's supply. Every new mom who becomes a donor is an essential partner in MMB Colorado's mission of ensuring every baby who needs human milk receives it. The program processes nearly 9,000 ounces of milk every week and receives requests of up to 500,000 ounces annually from more than 120 hospitals in 24 states. Thousands of babies are served every year by the program and its milk donors.
"For many babies, a human milk donation could be their greatest gift in life," said Laraine Lockhart-Borman, IBCLC, director of MMB Colorado. "Not only does it save babies facing critical medical conditions, it also improves well being down the road by providing immunity to long-term health issues such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and asthma. We encourage all mothers who are capable of donating human milk to give a special gift this season to babies across the country."
"I am so proud to give the gift of milk to babies in need," said Jenny Lamble, a human milk donor for MMB Colorado. "My daughter was very sick at one week old and Presbyterian/Saint Luke's was incredible at nursing her back to health. When my milk supply grew to a level that could no longer fit in our deep freezer, I was happy to give back to a place that helped us so much, and I was also happy to give something so important and precious to sick babies of other scared mothers. It is comforting to know that such a wonderful organization such as Mothers' Milk Bank exists."
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for infants for a minimum of one year. If a baby is unable to take milk from the mother, human milk banks approved by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, which MMB Colorado is part of, are the next best choice. Every milk bank donor is carefully screened and all donations are pasteurized for safety while preserving essential nutrients babies need to thrive.
Milk depots in Colorado are located in Denver, Littleton, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Lone Tree and Parker. MMB can also provide approved donors with a mailing address and packaging so they may send donations to the processing facility overnight in an insulated shipping box with dry ice.
Mothers interested in giving the gift of human milk are encouraged to fill out the donation screening form on MMB Colorado's website, www.milkbankcolorado.org or call (303) 869-1888.blog comments powered by Disqus