This month celebrates our one-year anniversary since opening the Texas Children’s Mother’s Milk Bank. What a year it’s been! Our primary reason for developing this program is to meet the needs of our smallest and sickest hospitalized infants. Although the majority of women whose newborns require extended hospitalization choose to provide their own milk, it’s not always possible for them to supply enough for their own baby. As the American Academy of Pediatrics stated this year, pasteurized donor breast milk is the next best option to mother’s own milk. Since Houston did not have a donor milk bank and we were experiencing a tremendous growth in our needs, the time seemed right to create our own program at Texas Children’s.
Our mission then as now, is to qualify breastfeeding mothers to donate their excess breast milk for our hospitalized infants — primarily those in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our goal was to meet the milk volume needs of these babies and we have more than achieved that goal in one short year. The response from women has been both inspirational and humbling.
Since August 2011, a total of 72 women have donated almost 35,000 ounces of milk, from which approximately 350 infants have been the happy recipients. Full Entry