Mother's Milk Bank Depository Opens

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) St. Catherine Hospital will soon begin accepting the donation of breast milk for Mothers' Milk Bank (MMB), a Colorado based nonprofit program of Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation who collects, processes and provides human donor milk. A public grand opening celebration is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st at 12:50 pm in classroom B of the hospital.

St. Catherine Hospital will ensure the milk donations are delivered safely to the Denver facility where it will be pasteurized and distributed to babies across the country whose mothers cannot supply sufficient milk for their needs.

Since 2011, MMB has provided more human milk donations to hospitals annually than any other milk bank in the country producing an average of 12,000 ounces of human milk every week. Babies who receive milk donated by mothers in Finney County and across the nation may be premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive. MMB consistently provides more milk to newborn intensive care units than any other nonprofit milk bank in North America and adheres to the strict guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

There are two donation sites in Kansas; Garden City and Wichita. To become a breast milk donor, mothers must undergo a blood test and health screening, be willing to donate a minimum of 150 ounces total, and have a medical release form signed by a medical provider. For a full list of donor qualifications, please call 1-303-869-1888 or visit Milk Bank Colorado website.

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St. Catherine Hospital
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