This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital News
Forrest General Hospital's Women and Children's Services lactation program received a generous 13-gallon breast milk donation for The Mother's Milk Bank. On Friday, June 4, Jamie Martin, previously a labor and delivery patient at Forrest General, made the donation. The Mother's Milk Bank, which is located in Austin, TX, is one of 15 milk banks located in North America. Since the availability of human milk is a chronic problem in many labor and delivery units across the country, milk banks provide pasteurized, donated milk to premature and otherwise medically fragile babies whose own mothers do not have any or enough of their own breast milk.
"We were educated about our options during our time at Forrest General, and we were lucky enough to have a healthy pregnancy so we wanted to provide the Milk Bank with this donation," said Jamie and Scott Martin. Breast milk can be life-saving. Babies born prematurely have a greater opportunity of living and thriving when they are fed human milk, which helps fights infection while providing ideal nutrition to newborns. Premature deliveries, multiple children, and various illness and infections are all reasons a newborn may require human milk, and The Mother's Milk Bank makes the availability of human milk possible.
"We now know how important having access to human milk can be. If we were in someone else's shoes, we would definitely want the best for our children," said Martin.
"We are grateful for donors like Jamie who help provide the nutrients that benefit our tiniest patients. We are pleased to be part of this program and will continue to educate the community and gather as much milk as we can for the milk bank," said Tangela Boutwell, Director of Women and Children's Services.
Breastfeeding and lactating women in Mississippi who are interested in donating their breast milk for the benefit of premature, ill and medically fragile infants may call toll-free 1-877-813-6455 to begin the screening process. Forrest General's Milk Depot accepts breast milk donations from all screened and approved donors. For information on how to donate, call the Forrest General Lactation Department at 601-288-3763.
About The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin
The Mothers' Milk Bank in Austin, TX is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accept, pasteurize and dispense donor human milk by physician prescription, primarily to premature and ill infants. Women who are lactating can donate milk to The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin regardless of where they live. Prospective donors across the U.S. may call toll-free 1-877-813-6455 or can learn more at www.milkbank.org.
About Forrest General Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Charged with the rewarding but challenging task of caring for premature or critically ill infants that need specialized care, the physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, and support staff of Forrest General's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are proud of their past and continued legacy. Forrest General opened the doors to its first NICU in October 1977. At that time, the unit was designed to support three babies. Today, the unit features a modern, home-like facility with 19 private rooms, allowing families to stay with their babies 24-hours a day while they receive treatment. This "family-centered" care promotes bonding, education and support. Forrest General is proud to feature the second-oldest Neonatal Transport Team in the state, which includes a state-of-the-art Neonatal Transport Vehicle. Forrest General is also home to a nationally-recognized Developmental Care program, which focuses on providing treatment to preterm babies to promote the best possible long-term outcomes. For more information about Women & Children's Services, visit www.forrestgeneral.com.