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WakeMed Mothers' Milk Bank needs donations

WakeMed is looking for lactating moms to donate their breast milk to help satisfy a significantly increased demand.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
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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