1 in 9 US babies are born preterm, and prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns. Premature babies are 79% less likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and other devastating illnesses when they take breast milk exclusively. Yet many mothers of premature infants struggle to provide breast milk for their babies.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) regulates non-profit milk banks all over the country, which are organizations that collect breast milk from screened donor mothers and process it to provide safe milk for fragile hospitalized babies. The Milk Bank, located in Indianapolis, is the closest milk bank to central Illinois and provides lifesaving milk for fragile babies all over the Midwest.
Partnering with The Milk Bank, CUPHD became the first Milk Bank Depot in central Illinois in June 2014. Depots are designated drop off locations that house a Milk Bank deep freezer, providing safe, convenient storage and shipping for donor moms. After being screened and approved by The Milk Bank, mothers who wish to donate breast milk can bring it to CUPHD, which then ships it to The Milk Bank in Indiana, where it is processed and distributed to babies in need across the US.
The CUPHD depot has shipped almost 8,000 ounces of breast milk so far, providing convenient support for donor mothers as they save fragile babies' lives.
Do you have extra milk to spare? Go to the Milk Bank website and find out how to become a donor. Babies live because you give.
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