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WakeMed Mothers' Milk Bank needs donations

Posted November 29, 2011

The WakeMed Mothers' Milk Bank in Raleigh is seeing an increase in requests for breast milk and needs healthy, lactating moms to donate.

New moms and doctors looking for breast milk for babies are declined daily because of a significantly increased demand, I'm told. The milk goes to moms who are unable to produce milk for their own infants. Many times, these infants are preemies who really need breast milk to grow and thrive.

WakeMed's milk bank isn't the only one seeing a higher demand. Human milk banks across the country are experiencing a similar trend as more and more hospitals and mothers learn about the benefits of breast milk.

“Often the mom of preemie will seek breast milk from the bank to feed their infants if they are not able to produce milk or they cannot produce enough milk,” said Sue Evans, executive director of the WakeMed Mothers' Milk Bank. “Then, the neonatologist will see how well the baby does and starts to order greater and greater quantities of milk. This trend, coupled with the fact that we are the largest of two milk banks serving the entire east coast, creates supply and demand issues.”

The bank is looking for healthy lactating moms who do not drink, smoke or use certain medications and have an excess of milk. To help, call the milk bank at 919-350-8599. You can also click here to learn more about donation.


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  • wakeresident Nov 30, 2011

    Unfortunately, this milk is actually given to any woman who asks for it, whether she can breast feed or not. I have sat and watched moms ask to send their babies to the nursery and be fed breast milk while the mom takes a nap. They could breastfeed and choose not to for a few feedings. By allowing this, the hospital is setting up even more moms to not be able to breastfeed longer than a few weeks, as well as wasting milk that preemies very much truly need! I suggest the milk bank look into where this milk actually goes before they say there is a shortage.

  • arlenestegmann Nov 30, 2011

    my son was on the breastmilk program 18 yrs. ago at WakeMed. for 6 months he recieved donor breastmilk and without it, I know in my heart he would not be here today. It is a wonderful program!