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State’s 1st breast milk ‘depot’ opens
FortWayne.com (Journal Gazette) ^ | Sep. 24, 2006 | Assoicated Press

Posted on 09/24/2006 3:38:13 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

BLOOMINGTON – The first of several breast milk collection sites has opened as part of a state plan intended in part to benefit ill and premature infants.

State health commissioner Judy Monroe attended Friday’s opening of Indiana’s first “breast milk depot” at a Women, Infants and Children office in Bloomington. She said similar depots will open next year at three other WIC offices in Indiana.

Women visiting such depots can donate pumped breast milk that will be given to Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank in Indianapolis, one of 10 such banks in the United States.

The bank provides screened, pasteurized breast milk to infants who are unable to receive milk from their own mothers. Breast milk contains nutrients researchers say can spur a child’s physical and mental growth and which are not found in cow milk-derived formula.

“Making breast milk more readily available through these milk depots will result in healthier babies and can save the state millions of dollars,” Monroe said.

Rebecca Shaffer, a Hagerstown mother of three boys, has been donating breast milk for the past five months. During that time, she’s pumped, frozen and shipped more than 11 gallons of breast milk to the facility, established in August 2005.

“My husband lovingly refers to me as the dairy queen,” she said, holding 7-month-old son Grant in her arms. “I’m nursing Grant, but I’m just blessed with a lot of excess milk.”

Shaffer pumps milk for about half an hour every morning and freezes it in sterile 4-ounce jars provided by the milk bank. Every six weeks, she loads the bottles into her car and drives an hour to the milk bank in Indianapolis.

Monroe said Bloomington’s milk depot, and other depots scheduled to open next year, will help Indiana achieve the goals of a state breast-feeding plan created last year by a task force.

“By 2010, we hope to have 75 percent of the state’s infants breast-fed when they are discharged from the hospital,” she said. “Right now, it’s only 64 percent.”

The goals also call for 50 percent of Indiana’s babies to continue to breast-feed for six months, and 15 percent to breast-feed for one year.

Mary Alexander, executive director of Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, said the ideal donor is a mother who has excess milk and a young infant. Donors are not paid for their milk.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: donors; lifesaving; mothersmilk; nostreisandpixplease; preemies
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This is going to save the lives of preemies. Even the most sophisticated "forumulas" are inferior to natural mother's milk. Now the unfortunate mothers who can't nurse their own babies don't have to settle for an inferior formula.

God bless these donors and thank God for "the milk of human kindness."

1 posted on 09/24/2006 3:38:14 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: HairOfTheDog; Rose of Sharn; tuffydoodle; LongElegantLegs; Tax-chick; Maximus of Texas

Thought you might be interested...


2 posted on 09/24/2006 3:44:34 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Keeping abreast of the times.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This is the kind of job I want. Milker at the breast milk depot.


3 posted on 09/24/2006 3:46:29 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I volunteer to operate the "pumps"!


4 posted on 09/24/2006 3:48:19 PM PDT by US Navy guy
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To: Mrs. Don-o

~chuckling~ I hope the collection place is in the middle of a mall :~)

Seriously... this sounds terrific.


5 posted on 09/24/2006 3:50:42 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: sgtbono2002

THIS IS MY BREAST PUMP,
THERE ARE MANY LIKE IT BUT THIS ONE IS MINE.
MY BREAST PUMP IS MY BEST FRIEND.
IT IS MY LIFE. I MUST MASTER IT AS I MASTER MY LIFE...

6 posted on 09/24/2006 3:51:29 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I'd like to apply for a job in receiving.


7 posted on 09/24/2006 3:55:27 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: US Navy guy

I heard this guy was first to sign up to operate the pumps.

8 posted on 09/24/2006 3:56:10 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

we were so poor my mom had powdered milk in her boobies


9 posted on 09/24/2006 3:56:11 PM PDT by al baby
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just wondering...does pasteurization kill antibodies in mother's milk? After all, isn't that what makes mother's milk so superior to formula?


10 posted on 09/24/2006 3:56:19 PM PDT by tundrachick
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This will save lives - more than many understand. Intestinal necrosis might be entirely avoided in premature infants if breast milk is used.

May God bless the effort, and save these little children...


11 posted on 09/24/2006 3:58:05 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Mrs. Don-o

More convienent than the old fashioned wet-nurse, but not much different.

Seems the old ways aren't so out of date after all.


12 posted on 09/24/2006 3:59:21 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Unless I'm mistaken (which *is* possible) at least one or two illnesses...viral/bacterial illnesses,I believe...can be transmitted through breast milk.

If I'm correct,what's the deal here?

13 posted on 09/24/2006 4:00:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: tundrachick

(Very, very old)

What makes mother's milk superior to formula?

1. It's always fresh.

2. The cats can't get at it.

3. It comes in such a cute little container.

;^)


14 posted on 09/24/2006 4:02:23 PM PDT by elcid1970 (atio)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson; aculeus; dighton; Thinkin' Gal
State’s 1st breast milk ‘depot’ opens

Lactation Station!

15 posted on 09/24/2006 4:02:32 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Thanks for the mammaries)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just how many woman can't breastfeed and why?


16 posted on 09/24/2006 4:03:32 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: billorites

I would love to see tim the tool man taylors binford breast pump 5000 look like


17 posted on 09/24/2006 4:04:25 PM PDT by al baby
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To: al baby

LOL!


18 posted on 09/24/2006 4:10:16 PM PDT by EveningStar (EARTH FIRST! We'll strip-mine the other planets later.)
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To: billorites

Where are the pedals?


19 posted on 09/24/2006 4:15:08 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: tundrachick
I'm assuming that pasteurization would denature the antibodies in a mother's milk. Antibodies in biological laboratories are generally kept at -20 degrees Celcius; if they could withstand the heat of pasteurization, that precaution would not likely be necessary. However, from the article:

Breast milk contains nutrients researchers say can spur a child’s physical and mental growth and which are not found in cow milk-derived formula.

Antibodies are not classified as nutrients. Therefore, there are other things in milk that I guess do withstand pasteurization and provide an advantage over fortified cow's milk.

20 posted on 09/24/2006 4:15:09 PM PDT by psychoknk
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To: Gay State Conservative
at least one or two illnesses...viral/bacterial illnesses,I believe...can be transmitted through breast milk.

Another example of "un-intelligent design"?

21 posted on 09/24/2006 4:17:09 PM PDT by thomaswest (Thank God for Evolution.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Utter Ridiculous!


22 posted on 09/24/2006 4:17:32 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: al baby
Usually it was the Binford 6100 series.
24 posted on 09/24/2006 4:18:22 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: psychoknk
It is rather odd. Humans are the only animals that drink the milk of a different species.

It is difficult to imagine that milk designed for baby cows is equally good for humans.

25 posted on 09/24/2006 4:22:13 PM PDT by thomaswest (Thank God for Evolution.)
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To: bonfire

Mothers who adopt children, for one.


26 posted on 09/24/2006 4:22:20 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: sgtbono2002
This is the kind of job I want. Milker at the breast milk depot.

I've kind of given up on my dream of becoming a brassiere fitting consultant due to the rampant bigotry and descrimination in the retail industry.

27 posted on 09/24/2006 4:26:00 PM PDT by cryptical (Wretched excess is just barely enough.)
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To: Calpernia; Mrs. Don-o

"The goals also call for 50 percent of Indiana’s babies to continue to breast-feed for six months, and 15 percent to breast-feed for one year."

I'm witholding judgement. I've never breast fed. I adopted my son when he was three and off the teat and potty trained. I highly recommend this option, LOL!

Calpernia? Does this kind of thing tie in with the Healthy Families 2020 and the NAIS stuff? Just curious. I realize breast feeding isn't governmentally mandated...yet. ;)


28 posted on 09/24/2006 4:31:09 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: tundrachick

Breast milk is perfectly formulated for the baby. In fact, a nursing mother will respond to her baby's needs in almost all cases. Formula is cow's milk and will never have all the nutrients in human milk. If they make a mistake at the formula factory, children can suffer permanent damage.

This fact alone should make people believe in Creation.


29 posted on 09/24/2006 4:34:03 PM PDT by sine_nomine (American is a great country: 20 million illegals can't be wrong. So build that wall, Mr. Bush.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Insider knowledge suggests that WIC just contracted with Carnation to recommend Carnation milk over breast milk. Some hospitals continue to recognize the value of breast milk over Carnation.

Hmmmmm?

30 posted on 09/24/2006 4:37:20 PM PDT by Bear_Slayer (When liberty is outlawed only outlaws will have liberty.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Moving the goal posts on the idea of the "Nanny State" just a little further...

How long before the mommies can just drop off their little ones at a lactation station and come back for them hours later, after the milk has worked its way through the system and into a Clinton Legacy container?

31 posted on 09/24/2006 4:42:01 PM PDT by Bernard ("America is not what's wrong with the world": Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Breast milk not only has all the nutrients that the newborn needs but it also has human immuneglobulins to help the baby enhance his/her immune system.


32 posted on 09/24/2006 4:43:59 PM PDT by Mogollon
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To: sgtbono2002

I've got the hands for it... ;)


33 posted on 09/24/2006 4:48:15 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: billorites

Boy.......you REALLY like your breast pump.


I feel so poor, I only have a Medella pump.

Sigh.


34 posted on 09/24/2006 4:49:01 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: thomaswest
Humans are the only animals that drink the milk of a different species.

tell that to my cat.

35 posted on 09/24/2006 4:49:41 PM PDT by jdub
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To: sgtbono2002

Rofl! Go away - no men allowed on boob threads (unless you ARE one!) :P


36 posted on 09/24/2006 4:52:13 PM PDT by derllak
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To: bonfire
Just how many woman can't breastfeed and why?

In my case, I wasn't able to nurse my younger daughter very well. She was in ICU for almost 2 weeks and I pumped (like the dr told me to) and supplied her with milk. But when she got home I was in full-on mode and she was content with an ounce at a time. I was in constant pain and she and I just did not get on a schedule at all. Then I developed mastitis and she went back to the hospital and all in all, it was a disaster.

That was me, I'm sure there are many other reasons out there.

37 posted on 09/24/2006 4:53:57 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Enterprise

You had to ruin a good thing, with that picture. That's enough to make a decent woman's milk dry up.
gag!


38 posted on 09/24/2006 5:04:19 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Ku'uipo, me ke aloha)
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To: bonfire

When I had my preemie, I went through a rather traumatic experience and my milk dried up.
Plus, the breast pump is not exactly inspiring at the best of times.


39 posted on 09/24/2006 5:06:06 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Ku'uipo, me ke aloha)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
"More convienent than the old fashioned wet-nurse, but not much different"

I disagree. Wet-nurses were paid servants employed by wealthy families to relieve the elite mothers' "burden". Or hired by wealthy widowers whose wives died in childbirth.

These new facilities are stocked with volunteers' donations to anonymous recipients. A significant difference in my book.

40 posted on 09/24/2006 5:11:50 PM PDT by Ludicrous
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To: bonfire
"Just how many woman can't breastfeed and why?"

Breast surgery (both reduction and augmentation, depending on how it's done) can prevent a woman's ability to breast-feed.

41 posted on 09/24/2006 5:15:46 PM PDT by Ludicrous
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To: Bernard
This is for PREEMIES in hospitals.

I had already nursed previous babies when I gave birth to a preemie by c-section. That baby stayed in the hospital for three months, and the hospital was a half an hour from home. Taking care of my other children, trying to get to the hospital three times a day, and pumping became very, very difficult. It got to the point that I would cry when I sat down at the pump. It hurt.

My baby got my own milk, and the milk of some other wonderful women who were willing to donate their breastmilk, since I just couldn't pump enough.

42 posted on 09/24/2006 5:23:11 PM PDT by Texas_shutterbug
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Is HIV transmittable through human milk?


43 posted on 09/24/2006 5:28:03 PM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Now taking applications for Milkman positions ;- 0


44 posted on 09/24/2006 6:33:15 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Republican - The thinking people's party)
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To: tundrachick

IIRC, mother's milk contains live white blood cells (Killer T cells and macrophages); and any such live cells, as well as any bacteria (and viruses?) would be killed by pasteurization. Are there other immune factors which would still be active after pasteurization? I don't know.


45 posted on 09/24/2006 7:00:35 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Milk of human kindness.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
One advantage of real breastfeeding (sometimes a hassle for the mom, but an advantage for the baby) is that it requires frequent, fairly prolonged, hands-on holding. The physical closeness and skin-to-skin contact, transdermal and transcranial exposure to human voice sounds, eye-to-eye contact: these all promote relaxation, a sense of emotional well-being, and bonding.

I'm not saying you can't get anything like this with bottle feeding, especially with a mother (or care-giver) who gives her time generously and makes an extra effort, but in general bottle-feeding is more detached, and breast-feeding is more emotionally nourishing and intimate.

46 posted on 09/24/2006 7:08:28 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Milk of human kindness.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
"More convienent than the old fashioned wet-nurse, but not much different."

One advantage of real breastfeeding (sometimes a hassle for the adult woman, but an advantage for the baby) is that it requires frequent, fairly prolonged, hands-on holding. The physical closeness and skin-to-skin contact, transdermal and transcranial exposure to human voice sounds, eye-to-eye contact: these all promote relaxation, a sense of emotional well-being, and bonding.

I'm not saying you can't get anything like this with bottle feeding, especially when the mother or care-giver gives her time generously and makes an extra effort, but in general bottle-feeding is more detached, and breast-feeding is more emotionally nourishing, high-touch, and intimate.

47 posted on 09/24/2006 7:10:55 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Milk of human kindness.)
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To: thomaswest

Cats drink cows milk


48 posted on 09/24/2006 7:11:45 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"Unless I'm mistaken (which *is* possible) at least one or two illnesses...viral/bacterial illnesses,I believe...can be transmitted through breast milk."

A number of human pathogens can be transmitted through breast milk, both bacterial and viral. The fascinating part is that the mother is also producing antibodies, so the baby receives immune factors exactly tailor-made for whatever his mother and himself are exposed to in their environment.

This would not, I believe, be true of pasteurized milk.

49 posted on 09/24/2006 7:14:49 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Milk of human kindness.)
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To: thomaswest
"at least one or two illnesses...viral/bacterial illnesses,I believe...can be transmitted through breast milk. Another example of "un-intelligent design"?

From a theological point of view, we're now in a fallen world with a fallen human nature. (As theologian Bob Dylan said, "Everything is broken.") Sin and death have entered our world. We're not in Eden anymore.

From a biological point of view: see post#49. Mother's milk transmits immune factors tailor-made for the pathogens they've been exposed to. Whether it's ID or not, it sure sounds like "smart milk"!

50 posted on 09/24/2006 7:23:23 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Milk of human kindness.)
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