Human Donor Milk

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Woman’s prides itself on having the latest advancements in medical technology. Though incubators and ventilators are necessities in Woman's Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of the most effective medical tools is also the most basic: breast milk. 

Challenge

  • According to the March of Dimes’ 2016 Premature Birth Report Card, Louisiana has the second highest premature birth rate and the second highest infant mortality rate in the country.
  • Woman’s NICU cares for more than 1,000 critically ill babies every year.
  • Sick and premature babies have significantly better outcomes when fed breast milk, but some mothers cannot breastfeed for several health reasons.

Woman’s Response

  • Woman’s began the Human Donor Milk program in 2011 to accept human donor milk from several licensed human milk banks across the country.
  • Woman’s goal is to provide human milk for the first month of life for all infants who weigh less than two pounds, ensuring they receive the nutrition they need to thrive.

How it Works

  • Human milk protects sick and premature babies against necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious illness in which the small intestine becomes inflamed and starts to decay. The condition is often fatal. 
  • This program will ensure that these infants get the nutrition they need to thrive.

How You Can Help

  • Please consider donating to Woman’s Human Donor Milk program. Human donor milk is expensive, and costs approximately $40-60 per day or $1,500 per month. This cost is currently not covered by either insurance or Medicaid.

  • Would you like to donate your breast milk? Louisiana does not have a milk bank that is certified by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America; therefore, we use the closest milk bank located in Austin, Texas. Mother's Milk Bank Austin accepts breast milk donations from around the region, so Louisiana women CAN donate their breast milk. It’s as simple as a screening and a routine blood test.