Daviess Community Hospital is the latest hospital in Indiana to be recognized
as a collection site for human milk to be used to help babies whose mothers
are unable to produce milk or enough milk to help them thrive.
The Milk Bank is a non-profit organization that promotes community health
by expanding the safe use of human milk for all babies, especially premature
and ill infants. Founded in 2005 as the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank,
The Milk Bank was established to improve health outcomes for premature
and ill infants, foster better health for children and decrease health
care expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened
donors, pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout the United
States. As a non-profit, community-supported entity, The Milk Bank is
the first and only donor human milk bank in Indiana. The Milk Bank is
a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
SOME USES OF PASTEURIZED DONOR HUMAN MILK
- Infants susceptible or recovering from NEC
- Failure to thrive
- Malabsorption syndromes
- Short-gut syndrome
- Trophic feeds/gut-priming
- Inborn errors of metabolism
- Pre and Post-operative nutrition
To become a milk donor, call 1-877-829-7470, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to
www.themilkbank.org. You will be asked to fill out a donor application and medical history
form. Consent forms from your physician as well as your baby’s physician
will then need to be signed. Lastly, you will be asked to complete a blood
test at the Milk Bank’s expense.
Once a mother has completed the process and approved, she will contact
Melissa Schroeder at 812-254-2760 extension 1344 to arrange delivery of
the milk to Daviess Community Hospital.
DCH invites the community to a grand opening of the local Milk Bank on
the second floor in the Women’s Health Center at Daviess Community
Hospital on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 12pm.