OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank to Open Milk Drop-Off Site at Hancock County WIC Family Center

The OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrates the grand opening of the Family Center Milk Drop at the Hancock County WIC on Tuesday, January 25 at 10 a.m. The new milk depot site, located at 1800 N. Blanchard St. in Findlay, will house a freezer to store donated human milk, which will then be transferred to the Columbus Milk Bank at no cost to the donor.

The OhioHealth Breast Milk Bank, in accordance with Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) guidelines, provides pasteurized human milk to infants whose mothers are unable to provide milk to feed their babies. It is one of 29 milk banks in North America – 26 in the United States and three in Canada.

“We are thrilled to open this new milk chute to make donations even easier,” said Chris Smith, RN, IBCLC, Outreach Coordinator and Lactation Consultant at Milk Bank. “With this new drop of milk, approved donors in Findlay and surrounding areas can easily donate their milk. Pasteurized donor milk is liquid gold for babies in need. In 2021 alone, we distributed nearly 421,107 ounces of milk nationwide, or 3,289 gallons! Just one ounce can feed a premature baby for three days, so every little bit counts.”

The Findlay shipyard marks the 14and OhioHealth milk depot location in Ohio. Donated milk is distributed across North America to babies in need.

“We are very pleased to open a milk drop off site at the Hancock County WIC office,” said Breanna Krummrey, registered dietitian and lactation consultant. “It has been a goal for several years and we are finally able to achieve it. This will ensure local mothers have the opportunity and a convenient place to donate their breast milk to share with infants and children who really need it!

The milk bank, located at the OhioHealth Eastside Health Center in Columbus, depends on donations from healthy breastfeeding women who generously provide milk to help other babies. Interested donors are encouraged to email [email protected] or call (614) 566-0630 to arrange a telephone screening interview. To become a breastmilk donor, mothers must participate in a screening process to ensure milk quality and safety. This process includes telephone screening to verify eligibility, completion of a medical history and lifestyle review, a signed medical release from the donor and physician, and consent to undergo a blood test to screen for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis. The donated milk is pasteurized, frozen and distributed on medical prescription.

Benefits of breast milk

Infants benefit greatly from breast milk, especially those who are premature, sick, or have life-threatening conditions. Breast milk is the ultimate source of nutrients and immune protection for infants. Babies benefit from the active growth hormones, developmental enzymes, infection-fighting and immunological factors found in breast milk.

Research shows that breast milk helps premature infants:

● Achieve full flows sooner and need fewer IVs

● To mature their intestines faster

● Spend fewer days in the hospital

● Reduce the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (a life-threatening intestinal infection)

● Reduce the risk of sepsis (blood infection) and fewer infections

● Enjoy long-term IQ advantages over formula-fed infants

● Be healthier when older children and adults

More information about the OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank, including a video, can be found by click here.

About Ohio Health

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized nonprofit health care charity of The United Methodist Church.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five major healthcare systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It has also been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 2007.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 30,000 associates, doctors and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient, palliative care, home care, of medical equipment and other health services covering an area of ​​47 counties.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital , OhioHealth O’Blenness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital, and OhioHealth Berger Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com

About Hancock Co. WIC

WIC is a federal nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, administered by the Ohio Department of Health, and managed locally as a program of the HHWP-Community Action Commission. WIC helps improve nutrition and food intake, pregnancy outcomes, reduces the incidence of low birth weight and infant mortality, provides infants and children with a healthy start in life, and provides breastfeeding support for mothers. These outcomes are achieved by providing nutrition education, offering breastfeeding education and support, giving nutritious foods, referring prenatal care, pediatric care, and maternal/child health and social service programs .

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