CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (BAGUETTE) – The Champaign-Urbana public health district announced Thursday that the breast milk bank will begin offering donated breast milk to mothers at home.
The milk bank primarily serves premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
However, donor milk will now be available to families at home when mothers have low milk production, are ill or on certain medications, or in adoption or surrogacy.
Pasteurized donor breast milk provides nutritional benefits in the absence of breast milk, including infection fighting factors, active growth and development hormones, improved digestion and ideal nutrition.
The CUPHD milk dispensary distributes pasteurized donor breast milk to families who prefer to use pasteurized and filtered donor milk instead of a cow’s milk formula when their doctor recommends supplementation.
“Strict safety protocols ensure that pasteurized donor breast milk is safe when it comes from a milk bank accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. Donors undergo extensive blood work and screening for disease and tobacco, alcohol and drug use, ”said Summer Kelly, Executive Director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. “The milk distributed to CUPHD is pasteurized to eliminate viruses and bacteria. After pasteurization, the milk is tested again for safety.
“Access to pasteurized breast milk from outpatient donors has been important to nursing families for decades,” said Anne Eglash MD, medical director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. “Many families have found peace, comfort and encouragement through the provision of donor breast milk when the mother’s milk was insufficient. “
The milk bank is located at 201 W. Kenyon Rd. In Champagne.