ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- SwedishAmerican recently introduced its first human milk depot to help babies in the stateline area.
The depot offers pasteurized donor human milk, which provides nutrition and benefits for many at-risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies in the absence of the mother’s milk.
The donated milk includes infection-fighting factors, active growth and development hormones, improved digestion and ideal nutrition for the NICU babies.
SwedishAmerican leaders say the donor milk is meant to help babies when their mother has a low milk supply, is ill or on certain medications. It can also be used in cases of adoption or surrogacy.
“Breast milk is of the utmost importance to our smallest babies, as it gives them immunity, gut protection, and so many more advantages,” said Jan Southard, manager of the mother/baby unit at SwedishAmerican Hospital. “SwedishAmerican is proud to partner with Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, as this will offer a wonderful option to our patients in need of supplemental breast milk.”
The milk depot comes in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. For more information on the milk depot, click here.