Lafayette General opens first breast milk donation site in Southwest Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser)– Lafayette General Medical Center has opened the first breast milk depot in Southwest Louisiana.

Lafayette-General-Medical-Center-Lafayette-LouisianaThe demand for human donor breast milk in hospital neonatal intensive care units continues to rise across the country, according to a news release from LGMC.

LGMC is the third milk bank depot in Louisiana. Milk bank depots are also located at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans and Birth Center of Baton Rouge.

Women who are breastfeeding infants under 12 months old are eligible to be screened at no charge to become an approved breast milk donor. Collection sites such as LGMC are called ‘depots’, because they function as a user-friendly and safe satellite storage facility. The milk is kept frozen before it is shipped  to Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin for pasteurization.

Nonprofit milk banks such as MMBA ensure donor human breast milk is safe and available to the infants who need it most. The pasteurized breast milk dispensed is specifically processed to meet the specific needs of fragile and sick babies.

“After my son was born, I had extra milk stored that I didn’t know what to do with,” said Meghan Allen, a milk bank donor. “Then I heard about milk donation. I contacted the milk bank and became a registered donor. It’s been very rewarding, and every little bit counts. It could help save a baby’s life.”

Mothers who would like to become a registered donor should contact Laura Tankersley at MMBA by calling 512-494-0800 or emailing laurat@milkbank.org. Once the screening process is complete, women may conveniently drop off frozen breast milk at LGMC from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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