Summer Kelly, Executive Director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, says safety is a primary concern.
“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. Milk collected from The Pediatric Group’s milk depot will help support the complex nutritional needs of sick and premature babies in Illinois and Wisconsin.”
Imboden added that recipient-mothers can have peace of mind.
“Mother’s milk is for human babies, whereas formula is made from cow’s milk,” Imboden explained. “Breast milk is specifically helpful for infants and meets the needs at each development stage. To infants who need it or two moms who for whatever reason cannot provide it themselves, breast milk is like liquid gold. It is especially important that premature or otherwise medically vulnerable babies whose parents are considering using breast milk receive it from a reliable source like this”