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Good Samaritan and The Milk Bank partner to open new Milk Depot

Good Samaritan is partnering with The Milk Bank to open the 30th active milk depot in Indiana. This milk collection site provides a convenient drop off for women to donate their extra breast milk for processing at The Milk Bank. The milk is delivered to fragile infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units. The two organizations will celebrate with a grand opening on Thursday, September 7, 2017, 10 a.m. (EST) in Good Samaritan’s Eva Hill Auditorium, located on the 3rd floor of the Health Pavilion. Good Samaritan is located at 520 S. 7th Street, Vincennes. The public is invited to learn more about The Milk Depot and the donation process.

A milk depot is an accessible place for women to drop off their milk before it is shipped to The Milk Bank for pasteurization and distribution. Milk depots make the formal donating process more convenient.

Good Samaritan Lactation Consultant, Deborah Telligman, RN, IBCLC, is thrilled that Good Samaritan is partnering with The Milk Bank on this initiative to increase awareness of the need of donated breast milk. “Mother’s milk provides a healthier life, and is especially great for premature or ill infants,” said Telligman. “Good Samaritan’s collaboration with The Milk Bank will provide easy access for women in our area who would like to donate their extra breast milk to benefit those fragile infants in neonatal intensive care units.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human milk is the standard food for all infants including premature and sick infants. Human milk provides optimal nutrition and unique health benefits that last beyond infancy.

“The Milk Bank hopes to continue forging partnerships with organizations throughout the Midwest to make the process of human milk donation easier for donor moms and families, while also helping to support breastfeeding in local communities,” stated Janice O’Rourke, Executive Director of The Milk Bank.

Mothers who are interested in donating milk can call (317) 536-1670 to set up a phone consultation with The Milk Bank’s donor mother coordinator. Individuals then follow up with a written questionnaire and a blood draw at a local lab, all at The Milk Bank’s expense.