On April 20th, Marion General Hospital will become The Milk Bank’s
newest Milk Depot site. Staff and the public is invited to join a virtual
grand opening at 1PM EDT at
A Milk Depot is a site where approved donor mothers can drop off frozen,
surplus breast milk. The milk is transported to The Milk Bank in Indianapolis
to be pasteurized and distributed to NICUs and outpatient families throughout
the Midwest. Ideal candidates for milk donors are non-smoking women in
good general health who take limited or no medications or herbal supplements.
For clarification on eligibility, contact The Milk Bank at 317-536-1670
or visit themilkbank.org/donate-milk.
The Milk Bank’s Executive Director, Freedom Kolb shared, "Marion
General Hospital’s commitment to breastfeeding and efforts to improve
maternal and infant health align perfectly with The Milk Bank. They make
an outstanding partner! The new Milk Depot at Marion General Hospital
helps to fill a gap in accessibility in northern central Indiana.”
“Access to human milk dramatically boosts important outcomes that
allow sick and fragile newborns to thrive. We at Marion General Hospital
are so excited to open a milk collection depot and offer this medicine
to our youngest patients. We’re going full-circle in terms of high
quality care,” states Gail Elbert, director of Maternal/Child/Great
Beginnings at Marion General Hospital.
In the absence of an infant’s own mother’s milk, pasteurized
donor human milk (PDHM) offers many of the same benefits, such as optimal
nutrition, easy digestibility, and immunologic protection against organisms
and diseases. The Milk Bank aims to encourage breastfeeding mothers and
provide PDHM for any infant or child with medical necessity.