Adventist Medical Center opened a human milk donor depot this week. Its a 1st in Portland Oregon, and it's only the second of its kind in the northwest.
The depot collects human milk donations for medically fragile infants and children. Human milk is widely acknowledged in the medical community as the optimal source of nutrition. It is recognized for aiding in growth, immunity, protection against infection and the healing of damaged tissue. Breast milk donations are used in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, including premature birth, allergies, formula intolerance, cancer, organ transplant recovery and infectious disease.
"A mother's own milk is almost always the best source of nourishment for her baby, yet there are some situations where it is either not possible for a mother to breastfeed or to produce enough milk for her child," explained Peggy Andrews, registered nurse and lactation consultant at Adventist Medical Center, as well as vice chair for Northwest Mothers Milk Bank(NWMMB). In the case of premature and sick children, human milk is particularly critical to improving health outcomes.
The donor depot is open Monday through Friday by appointment from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Women interested in becoming milk donors are encouraged to contact Adventist Medical Center's donor depot at 503-251-MAMA, or to visit NWMMB's Web site .