Human milk is the best food for premature babies. But what if a babyâ€™s own mother is too ill herself to provide that milk? If you're a lactating mother, you may be able to help.
Just one ounce of donated breast milk can save the life of a fragile newborn.
Thatâ€™s why MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, with its Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), has become an official collection point for human milk.
Local women can donate their surplus breast milk to the Mothers' Milk Depot at Tacoma General, which sends the milk in frozen batches to the Mothersâ€™ Milk Bank at Rocky Mountain Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Denver. There it is screened, pasteurized and used to fill orders from hospitals nationwide.
You may qualify to donate breast milk if:
Taking care of your baby is your first priority. Once you have established your milk supply and are fulfilling your own babyâ€™s needs, there are just a few easy steps to take to become a milk donor and help a fragile infant: