Skip to comments.State’s 1st breast milk ‘depot’ opens
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 Fridays opening of Indianas 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 childs 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, shes 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. Im nursing Grant, but Im 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 Bloomingtons 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 states infants breast-fed when they are discharged from the hospital, she said. Right now, its only 64 percent.
The goals also call for 50 percent of Indianas 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.
God bless these donors and thank God for "the milk of human kindness."
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This is the kind of job I want. Milker at the breast milk depot.
I volunteer to operate the "pumps"!
~chuckling~ I hope the collection place is in the middle of a mall :~)
Seriously... this sounds terrific.
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...
I'd like to apply for a job in receiving.
I heard this guy was first to sign up to operate the pumps.
we were so poor my mom had powdered milk in her boobies
Just wondering...does pasteurization kill antibodies in mother's milk? After all, isn't that what makes mother's milk so superior to formula?
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...
More convienent than the old fashioned wet-nurse, but not much different.
Seems the old ways aren't so out of date after all.
If I'm correct,what's the deal here?
(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.
Just how many woman can't breastfeed and why?
I would love to see tim the tool man taylors binford breast pump 5000 look like
Where are the pedals?
Breast milk contains nutrients researchers say can spur a childs 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.
Another example of "un-intelligent design"?
It is difficult to imagine that milk designed for baby cows is equally good for humans.
Mothers who adopt children, for one.
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.
"The goals also call for 50 percent of Indianas 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. ;)
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.
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?
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.
I've got the hands for it... ;)
Boy.......you REALLY like your breast pump.
I feel so poor, I only have a Medella pump.
tell that to my cat.
Rofl! Go away - no men allowed on boob threads (unless you ARE one!) :P
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.
You had to ruin a good thing, with that picture. That's enough to make a decent woman's milk dry up.
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.
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.
Breast surgery (both reduction and augmentation, depending on how it's done) can prevent a woman's ability to breast-feed.
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.
Is HIV transmittable through human milk?
Now taking applications for Milkman positions ;- 0
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.
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.
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.
Cats drink cows 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.
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"!