Westerville medical center accepting breast milk donations


MARK: HUMAN MILK CAN SAVE THE LIVES OF BABIES, AND OHIO HEALTH SAYS AN INCREASE IN DEMAND MEANS MORE DONORS ARE NEEDED. THIS WEEKEND THEY OPENED A NEW DROP OFF LOCATION FOR MOTHERS DONATING THEIR EXTRA BREAST MILK… MARK: THAT’S WHERE OUR SHAWN LANIER IS TONIGHT WITH A MESSAGE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DONOR MILK. SHAWN: THIS IS THE NEW LOCATION WHERE APPROVED MOTHERS CAN DROP OFF THEIR DONATED MILK… HERE AT OHIO HEALTH WESTERVILLE. IT’S A PART OF THE HOSPITAL NETWORK’S PLAN TO MAXIMIZE ITS EFFORT IN INCREASING ITS SUPPLY OF DONOR MILK FOR PREMATURE CHILDREN WHOSE MOTHER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PRODUCE ENOUGH. BRANDI JOHNSON : “I MEAN THIS IS A CRISIS THAT BABIES FACE EVERY SINGLE DAY, NICU BABIES, AND MOTHERS NOT BEING ABLE TO PRODUCE ENOUGH.” THE OVERPRODUCING OF BREAST MILK IS A GIFT BRANDI JOHNSON SAYS SHE HAS AND IS WILLING TO SHARE TO HELP PREMATURE BABIES. BRANDI JOHNSON : “ON AVERAGE EVEN WITH MY DAUGHTER NOW, I PRODUCE 70 TO 80 OUNCES A DAY, AND SHE ONLY EATS ABOUT 30.” THAT’S AN EXTRA 50 OUNCES WHICH SHE STORED IN HER FREEZER, UNTIL SHE REALIZED NEWBORNS CAN BENEFIT FROM IT. SHE THEN STARTED TO DONATE LARGE LAUNDRY BASKETS LIKE THESE TO THE OHIO HEALTH MOTHERS’ MILK BANK, BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH. CHRIS SMITH : “IN THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE WE HAVE INCREASED THE AMOUNT WE’RE DISTRIBUTING BY 50,000 OUNCES.” WHICH IS A LOT OF MILK. THIS MILK BANK SENDS ITS MILK TO BABIES IN 75 HOSPITALS IN 14 STATES AND CANADA. IN ONE YEAR, THE DEMAND FOR DONOR MILK HAS GONE UP FROM 295 THOUSAND TO 350- THOUSAND OUNCES. CHRIS SMITH WITH OHIO HEATH EXPLAINS THAT HUMAN MILK IS IMPORTANT TO AN INFANT FOR SEVERAL REASONS. AND HELP IS NEEDED NO MATTER HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE A MOTHER CAN GIVE. CHRIS SMITH : “ONE OUNCE OF MILK WILL FEED THREE PREMATURE BABIES FOR ONE DAY. THEY’RE TALKING SUCH VERY SMALL VOLUMES THAT A LITTLE BIT OF MILK GOES A LONG WAY WHEN WE’RE FEEDING BABIES.” THIS WESTERVILLE MILK BANK DROP GIVES CENTRAL OHIO MOTHERS MORE OPPORTUNITIES HELP SAVE THE LIVES OF PREEMIES. CHRIS SMITH : “WE LOOK AT HUMAN MILK AND DONOR MILK TO A PREMATURE BABY AS A BLOOD IS TO A TRAUMA PATIENT, ITS ESSENTIAL FOR THOSE BABIES.” SHAWN: THIS DROP OFF LOCATION IS OPEN UNTIL 8 AT NIGHT AND EVEN ON SATURDAY UNTIL 5 IN THE EVENING. IF THERE ARE ANY MOTHERS LOOKING TO DONATE THEIR EXTRA MILK GO TO OUR WEBSITE NBC4I.COM WE WILL HAVE A LINK IN THE STORY ON HOW YOU CAN START THE PROCESS. LOCAL FOR YOU SHAWN LANIER NBC4. MARK: THANKS, SHAWN. MARK: A NEW SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IN

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