When it comes to breastfeeding newborns, scientists and doctors alike can affirm one truth: breast is best.
But a new mom’s journey with breastfeeding can often be a struggle. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire looks to fill the need for breast milk through western Wisconsin’s first dispensary and depot in partnership with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. This effort seeks to encourage moms (and newborns!) not to give up on breastfeeding, despite the challenges. It also enables medical staff to properly help babies with low blood sugar or who were born prematurely who need the extra milk.
“We are so excited and proud that we are able to partner with our community… to be able to provide this service for our parents and newborns,” said Maria Greene, director of the Women and Infants Center at Sacred Heart.
The depot and dispensary are open 24/7 to help all local moms. Anonymous milk donors are sent a kit to be screened to ensure safety and quality. The milk is put in a secure freezer before being sent to Mothers’ Milk Bank, where it is tested, pasteurized, and then sent back to HSHS Sacred Heart, following regulations set forth by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. For more information on how to become a donor or recipient, check out sacredhearteauclaire.org/milkbank.