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At the Hospitals: Springfield, Vt., Hospital to Open Human Milk Depot

Published: 7/6/2018 11:53:52 AM
Modified: 7/6/2018 11:54:06 AM
Springfield, Vt., Hospital to Open Human Milk Depot

Springfield, Vt. — Springfield Hospital is opening a human milk depot on Tuesday in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast.

A milk depot is a community location where screened milk donors can drop off milk for shipment to a milk bank. The milk bank collects milk from mothers who have more milk than their babies need, then screens, pasteurizes and tests the milk before dispensing it primarily to premature and sick babies whose mothers do not have enough milk for them, according to a news release from the hospital and milk bank.

Located at the hospital’s Childbirth Center at 25 Ridgewood Road, the depot will be first in Vermont provided by Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, which has 19 other milk depots in eight states in the Northeast, according to a news release.

The grand opening Tuesday is set for 1-3 p.m. at the hospital’s Childbirth Center. Families, prospective milk donors, healthcare providers and community members are invited to attend.

“When a mother’s own milk is not available, pasteurized human donor milk is a wonderful option for new moms,” said Lyndsy McIntyre, director of the Childbirth Center, in a news release.

“The presence of a milk depot signifies a deep commitment to the health and well-being of the most vulnerable members of the community — the fragile babies whose lives depend on safe, pasteurized donor milk,” added Ann Marie Lindquist, director of community relations for Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast.

Human milk can be lifesaving for preterm infants. It is especially protective against a life-threatening condition called necrotizing enterocolitis, which affects one in 10 of the smallest preterm infants, according to the nonprofit organization.

For more information about donating milk, visit the website at www.milkbankne.org/donate, then contact a donor intake coordinator for screening at 617-527-6263, ext. 3 or donate@milkbankne.org. Approved donors can then drop off milk at the new depot.




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