Demand rises for donated breast milk amid baby formula shortage

May 17, 2022


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ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (CBS) — With parents struggling to navigate the baby formula shortage, breast milk donation banks are seeing a sharp increase in demand — but also a jump in donations.

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar visited the only breast milk bank in Illinois on Tuesday to find out how it works.

The Elk Grove Village-based nonprofit Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes receives breast milk in storage bags. The organization primarily serves children’s hospitals — providing pasteurized breast milk for premature babies.

“We thaw it, we pasteurize it and process it, and bottle it,” Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes executive director Summer Kelly.

But with a nationwide shortage of baby formula, the calls coming into the milk bank have changed in recent weeks.

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