Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester to open mother's milk depot
Starting Sept. 14, local mothers who have completed the screening process through the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa, will be able to donate their milk to benefit other infants. Once the milk is collected, it will be placed in a freezer and sent to for pasteurizing and distribution throughout Iowa and Minnesota, including individual mothers in our area.
In addition to being a place for mothers who have a surplus of milk to donate, OMC is working on making donor milk available for mothers in the BirthCenter. The milk would be used for newborns who need supplementation before their mother's milk is available to them, according to a news release.
"Mother’s milk is recommended for all babies, especially for babies who are preterm or have a medical issue, because it is more easily digested than formula and can help protect them against infections," says OMC.
OMC Lactation Services is located at the Women’s Health Pavilion in southeast Rochester. Parking is close to the building and mothers are welcome to bring their newborn and other children with them when they drop off their milk.
Click here to learn about the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa’s screening process.
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