NORFOLK -- Research studies, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics have shown that breast milk can significantly decrease the odds of life-threatening complications and infections in premature infants during the first months of life.
As such, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America has approved the establishment of The King’s Daughters Milk Bank, the first milk bank in Virginia and one of only 18 in North America.
What is The King’s Daughters Milk Bank and why does donating matter?
- The milk bank provides donated, pasteurized human milk by prescription to critically-ill babies in need of this invaluable treatment.
- Premature or sick babies are at risk for developing devastating intestinal infections – the risk of developing these infections is 10 times higher if they are fed formula instead of human milk
- Donor milk is easily digested, provides infection fighting benefits and offers optimal nutrition and growth in the absence of mothers own milk
How does it work?
- The milk bank covers all expenses associated with becoming a donor
- Strict screening, processing and testing guidelines are enforced to ensure that banked donor milk is safe
- Donated milk is pooled and pasteurized to kill any bacteria or viruses
Who can donate milk?
- A lactating woman in good health
- Willing to undergo blood testing at the milk bank's expense
- Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements (with a few exceptions)
- Willing to donate at least 200 ounces of milk initially
- Nursing an infant who is less than one year of age; bereaved or surrogate mothers are also eligible