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Milk Depot Yields Success in First Month

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"A lot of people don't realize that breast milk is in high demand just like blood or any other blood product," Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Massey said.  "It's in high demand and there are also shortages."

She said the Mothers Milk Bank in Austin Texas had 230 donors, but they needed 700 to meet this year's needs.

Forrest General stepped in to help.  They created a milk depot within their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  In the month of August, seven donors gave over 4,000 oz. of milk.

"We just wanted to thank all of the mothers who have donated so far," Massey said.  "We are just ecstatic that they have made this such a huge success."

FGH Media Coordinator Jamel Major said milk donation helps mothers like Katherine Rolosky and her daughter, Danielle.  When Danielle was born 10 weeks early, she only weighed 3 lbs. 3 oz. Rolosky was a big promoter of breast-feeding, but a week immune system forced her into the adult ICU, so she was unable to breast-feed.  She said the donor milk truly made a difference in Danielle's life.

Massey said breast-feeding is especially important for preemies, but it is beneficial to all babies.

"Babies who are fed breast milk have higher IQs, fewer respiratory infections and decreased risks of Sepsis and gut infections and have fewer food allergies," she said.

Any mother of a child younger than one-year-old who would like to donate, should contact the Lactation Department at Forrest General for more information.

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