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.