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New Breast Milk Bank to Open in Edgewood

A new milk bank is coming to Edgewood.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare and The Milk Bank are teaming up to open a new milk depot as a collection site for women to donate extra breast milk.

After processing, the milk is delivered to fragile infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units throughout the Midwest.

A grand opening is planned for Monday, October 15.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is located at 1 Medical Village Drive, in Edgewood.

A milk depot is an accessible place for approved milk donors of The Milk Bank to drop off their milk before it is shipped to The Milk Bank for pasteurization and distribution. Milk depots make the formal donating process more convenient, a news release said.

“The milk bank hopes to continue forging partnerships with organizations across the Midwest to make the process of human milk donation easier for donor moms and families, while also helping to support breastfeeding in local communities,” said Janice O’Rourke, Executive Director of The Milk Bank.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human milk is the standard food for all infants including premature and sick infants. Human milk provides optimal nutrition and unique health benefits that last beyond infancy.

Mothers who are interested in donating milk can call 317.536.1670 to set up a phone consultation with The Milk Bank’s donor mother coordinator. Individuals then follow up with a written questionnaire and a blood draw at a local lab, all at The Milk Bank’s expense.

-Staff report