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Published on Aug 19, 2013
Texas Children’s Mothers' Milk Bank is a state-of-the-art collection, labeling, refrigeration and dispensing center that stores and prepares deposited breast milk to feed infants in the Texas Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Texas Children's Pavilion for Women.
----------------------------------------- Mother's Milk Bank Donation
The continued growth of nursing moms donating breast milk to its human milk bank enables Texas Children's Hospital to ensure a steady supply of donor milk for critically-ill infants. The steady growth has also enabled the hospital to implement a program offering donor milk to healthy newborns delivered at the hospital's Pavilion for Women in support of breastfeeding moms who need supplementation during the important early days of the baby's life.
Through the generous support of more than 174 qualified donors in the Houston area, Texas Children's Mothers' Milk Bank received a total of 54,564 ounces during the past year, for a total of 92,711 ounces donated since the program launched. To date, the largest donation of excess breast milk from one woman is 5,772 ounces, enough milk to feed 29 premature babies in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).The ample supply of donor breast milk enabled the hospital to feed more than 1000 critically-ill newborns and more than 700 infants delivered at the Pavilion for Women during the last year.
Texas Children's encourages Houston-area mothers to consider donating their excess breast milk to Texas Children's Mothers' Milk Bank. By providing their extra breast milk, these donors ensure that the hospital's smallest and most critically-ill patients receive an exclusive human milk diet and mothers who are not able to produce enough milk of their own receive supplementation for their hospitalized newborns. Frozen breast milk can be donated up to 12 months after it has been expressed.