It has been an exciting month for the Lactation and Milk Bank services at Texas Children’s Hospital. On August 9 we launched our first-ever donor breast milk program, asking local moms to donate their excess breast milk to help critically ill and premature babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) thrive. A great deal of work has
gone into this new program and it’s great that we are now able to get the word out and find moms who want to help.
At Texas Children’s Hospital, we have long believed that breast milk is best for babies, especially for our tiniest patients. Studies conducted here as well as other centers have supported this belief. As a result, we have worked hard to follow a feeding protocol in our NICU where babies weighing less than three pounds are fed 100% breast milk (either mother’s own or donor milk). Strong scientific evidence has shown that NICU infants have fewer incidences of harmful, sometimes fatal, infections when they are fed only human milk.
As we prepare to move into Texas Children’s new Pavilion for Women and expand into maternity services, we anticipate our need for donor milk will be even greater. Right now, we use an average of 2,000 Full Entry