A Nashville hospital opened a milk bank last week so moms can donate their frozen breast milk.
According to Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee (MMBTN), a milk depot collection site was opened at TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital.
The nonprofit organization MMBTN provides safe donor milk to benefit preterm and ill infants in need within Tennessee when a mother cannot provide her own breast milk.
Donors must pass an initial phone screening and blood test before dropping off milk. The moms must be in “overall good health, nonsmokers, consume less than two alcoholic drinks per day, not regularly use medication or herbal supplements and be willing to donate 100 ounces of milk initially.”
Before being distributed to Tennessee hospitals, donated milk is pasteurized.
“Donor breast milk is extremely important for our smallest patients in the neonatal intensive care unit,” said Amber Price, Chief Operating Officer at TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. “By opening a Milk Bank Depot, we can ensure that moms have an easy and convenient way to donate their milk which can provide lifesaving nutrition for our NICU babies.”