Healthy Moms Encouraged to Donate Breast Milk

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The Milk Bank prepares for possible increased demand resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

The Milk Bank is closely monitoring developments related to the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and taking all necessary steps to protect both the milk supply and milk donors. Increased donations are needed now to prepare for possible spikes in demand associated with COVID-19.

Executive Director, Freedom Kolb, notes, “Now is a particularly difficult time for the medically fragile infants we serve as well as the health care partners providing them with exceptional care. The Milk Bank’s supply of milk remains stable; however, we are proactively dedicated to supporting the lifesaving work of regional hospitals and NICUs.”

While much is still unknown, the virus has not been detected in breast milk. As research specific to COVID-19 continues to evolve, characteristics of similar viruses such as SARS and MERS can inform practice. In fact, studies have documented complete heat inactivation of these genetically similar viruses. Kolb continues, “All milk dispensed by The Milk Bank undergoes heat treatment using the Holder pasteurization method. Additionally, strict safeguards informed by both the CDC and FDA ensure the integrity of every bottle through comprehensive donor screening and third-party microbiological analysis.”

In times of crisis, it is critical to rely on the most current and accurate information and to mobilize efforts to support public health. You can help vulnerable infants during this time in the following ways:

  • Encourage healthy moms to donate milk to The Milk Bank, even milk that has been frozen and stored. Donor moms can visit http://www.themilkbank.org to determine eligibility and begin the screening process. Reinforce that The Milk Bank can providing shipping materials and supplies if donor mothers are unable to bring milk to a depot.
  • Practice social distancing, but reach out by phone, text or email to friends with young children. It can be a frightening and confusing time for families and typical resources may become less accessible. Share details about support services that remain open such as free telephonic and online lactation consulting with The Milk Bank.
  • Making a financial investment to The Milk Bank at http://www.themilkbank.org and join our efforts to combat infant mortality and promote public health.
  • Be familiar with CDC guidance specifically for breastfeeding and pregnant women diagnosis with COVID-19.

About The Milk Bank (TMB):
Research has consistently demonstrated that breastmilk provides significant immunological, nutritional, physiological and psychological benefits that protect babies against many illnesses and last well beyond infancy. TMB was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for children and decrease health care expenditures. TM is dedicated to public health by providing a reliable supply of pasteurized donor human milk to infants in need. TMB is an independent, 501c3 non-profit accredited by The Human Milk Banking Association of North America. For more information about TMB, visit http://www.themilkbank.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIN.

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Jenny Pemberton
The Milk Bank
317-536-1670
jpemberton@themilkbank.org

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