Donor milk bank coming to MUSC

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014

South Carolina’s breastfeeding moms, who have struggled with finding a safe and easy way to donate their surplus breast milk to babies in need, will soon be able to provide their breast milk through statewide depots to the South Carolina Donor Human Milk Bank, housed at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

With more than five depot locations pledging to sponsor the effort, in addition to MUSC, South Carolina breastfeeding moms will be able to start donating in November of this year. With encouragement and support from the Department of Health and Human Services, through the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative, MUSC and depot hospital locations are working to ensure that the South Carolina Donor Human Milk Bank decreases the costs of providing breast milk to babies weighing less than 3 pounds as they fight to begin their lives in neonatal intensive care units.

In addition, the milk will go through a screening and pasteurization process, guaranteeing the safety and quality of the milk before it makes it to those who need it most. To learn more about becoming a depot location or to otherwise sponsor the South Carolina Donor Human Milk Bank, call 843-792-2112 or email scmilkbank@musc.edu.

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