Did you know that when a mother’s own milk is unavailable, donor human milk has been proven to improve the health and survival of fragile infants? Preterm infants are most in need of human milk, yet due to stress and other complications, their moms are the least likely to be able to provide their own milk in the earliest days of life. This is where milk donation and mothers’ milk banks come in.
Mothers with a surplus of milk can give premature infants a better chance to grow and thrive. Donor milk is especially protective against a life-threatening condition, common in preemies, called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). A human milk diet is estimated to lower the risk of this condition by a whopping 79%!
- 10 minute phone screening
- online health history form and consents
- free blood draw (paid for by MMBNE)
- free shipping of milk (MMBNE provides insulated boxes and pickup by FedEx with overnight shipping to the lab) *convenient Brooklyn depot also available for donors who wish to drop off their milk
Amber Star Merkens is the New York Outreach Coordinator for Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast and Postpartum Doula serving families in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.To learn more about donating and receiving milk, call MMBNE’s main office at 212-993-1566, visit their website, or like their Facebook page.