By: Carla Roberts Pruitt
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(KUTV) - About 10 weeks ago, Stacie Nelson gave birth to triplets: 2 boys and 1 girl. All three were born prematurely. Stacie is breastfeeding, but she can’t provide enough milk for her triplets. So nurses recommended she use donor milk. “Their health was the priority,” said Nelson. “Especially at first when they are premature, we wanted them to have all the nutrients that breast milk provides.”
And experts would agree. Breast milk does have nutrients that are important to a baby’s health. If women can’t breastfeed, or provide enough breast milk, they can use donor milk instead. “This is a great way for babies to get the benefits from breast milk.” Ellen Lechtenberg is the Lactation Program Coordinator for Primary Children’s Medical Center. She says women who are healthy, and can produce extra milk, can donate breast milk. “I think that many moms have extra milk and it makes them feel good to donate that so that it can help these sick and premature babies.”
Currently, women can drop off the breast milk at depot centers across the region. The milk is then sent to a milk bank in Denver and then distributed to moms who need it. Ellen says there are plans to open a milk bank right here in Utah in 2016. All donors and their breast milk are screened before the milk is distributed.
If you are interested in becoming a donor, visit: http://www.rmchildren.org/programs/milkbankcolorado/
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