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PASTEURIZED DONOR MILK
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MILK DEPOT FOR MOTHERS & CHILDREN
We are proud to be the home of Richland Center’s first human milk depot that is within reach to so many outer lying communities in the surrounding areas of Iowa, Sauk, and Richland Counties.
The Importance of the Milk Depot
How Milk is Collected
The milk depot at The Richland Hospital, Inc., collects human milk donations from healthy, lactating women who are approved donors through Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. The donations are then sent to the milk bank, where they are pasteurized to eliminate any viruses and bacteria. After pasteurization, the milk is tested once again for safety and distributed to hospitals.
“Rigorous safety protocols ensure that pasteurized donor human milk is safe when it’s provided from a milk bank that adheres to guidelines from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. Potential donors are blood tested and thoroughly screened for communicable diseases, activities that increase the risk of blood borne diseases, and the use of tobacco, alcohol, and medications,” says Summer Kelly, Executive Director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. “Milk collected from Richland Hospital’s milk depot will help support the complex nutritional needs of sick and premature babies in Illinois and Wisconsin.”
Donating Breast Milk
Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
Milk donors are healthy lactating women who have extra milk and want to help other babies in need. Milk donors:
- Plan to donate at least 100 ounces to the milk bank.
- Store milk in clean, food grade containers.
- Donate milk that has been stored for less than 1 year in a deep freezer or 6 months in a standard freezer.
- Donate milk that was pumped before their baby’s second birthday.
- Contact the milk bank if there are any changes in health status or when taking new medications.
- Donation requirements differ for mothers who donate after infant loss. Please contact DeAnna Caspers.
For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact:
Richland Hospital Nurse Manager
333 East Second Street
Richland Center, WI 53581
608 647-6321 ext. 2307