A mother’s milk overflows with nutrients essential for newborns, but complications prevent some mothers from providing this precious nourishment. Too often, the smallest and sickest babies are the ones who don’t get the nutrition that would nurse them to strength the fastest – human milk.
Saint Luke’s is asking all breast-feeding mothers who are producing extra milk to donate to the Saint Luke's Heart of America Mothers’ Milk Bank, as they could help save a baby's life.
"It truly is a life saving gift for these babies," Saint Luke's Neonatologist Dr. Barbara Carr. "They do so much better and they're hospital stays are shorter and they're much healthier when they're getting human milk."
For the past four years, Saint Luke's Heart of America Mothers’ Milk Bank has collected breast milk donated from local mothers. They strain it, mix it, and create a protein rich meal for premature babies that is then send it to birthing centers across the country.
Right now Saint Luke's Heart of America Mothers’ Milk Bank is low on supply due to a lack of donations following the holidays. They are asking mothers who have a child younger than one year to donate their extra milk.