Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Got Breast Milk?

Milk for Wishes is looking for breastfeeding mothers with extra milk who want to do a good deed for premature babies.

Qualified mothers can donate to the virtual milk bank that works with Prolacta Bioscience, a company that processes human milk to create a breast milk fortifier to give to critically ill, premature babies in neonatal intensive care units across the country. The fortifier is used to reduce necrotizing enterocolitis, a leading killer of premature babies.

In return, Prolacta donates one dollar for every ounce of qualified milk received through Milk for Wishes to the Make a Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Almost any healthy, nursing mother can donate. Milk for Wishes requires donors to complete a medical survey and get approval from their obstetricians and their babies' pediatricians to have blood tests and cheek cells samples taken at no cost.

The milk bank wants only excess milk, so donors should make sure their own babies' needs are met before making donations.

Qualified donors should pump their milk into clean bottles connected to the pump, then transfer the milk into breast milk storage bags for freezing. Milk for Wishes provides cold shipping containers for the milk to be sent directly to Prolacta Bioscience. Milk for Wishes pays all testing and shipping costs.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome service. My baby got donated breast milk when she was in the NICU and when I wasn't making enough milk yet to meet all her needs. (Mainly because she couldn't nurse when she was born since the suck reflex doesn't fully develop until closer to a baby's due date). Breast milk is easier on their little tummies and has nutrients and immune properties that formula lacks. They are very selective about who can donate. Folks on certain kinds of medications cannot donate.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone just buy this breast milk? I'm wanting a half gallon to try. Preferably from a petite brunette with green eyes, age 22-30.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this, it's a great service that helps those little babies.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing..

Kylie Burgener said...

Thank you for sharing!