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Donate Your Breast Milk to Help Save Lives

AdventHealth Daytona Beach is now home to Volusia county’s first and only breast milk donor depot.

A Milk Depot Collects Donated Breast Milk for Babies in the NICU

When a mother’s own milk cannot be used, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends donating pasteurized donor human milk to premature infants. This is because breastmilk helps premature babies build a stronger immune system and decreases their risk of infection.

A milk depot, like the one at AdventHealth Daytona Beach, is a controlled collection point where women can donate their breast milk specifically for premature babies.

AdventHealth Daytona Beach gives donated milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of Florida, who then processes the milk and distributes it to NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) by physician prescription using the safe screening, processing, and dispensing guidelines from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Premature newborn baby girl

Donated milk helps mothers of premature babies, too.

New mothers of premature babies may experience many challenges to providing their own milk to their baby. According to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Florida:

  • Premature delivery can affect a mother’s milk supply, causing it to become delayed or not established enough to sufficiently meet the nutritional needs of her baby.
  • The demands can be too great with twins or triplets.
  • The stress of having a hospitalized, ill infant can hinder milk production.
  • A mother’s medications can pass into breast milk and be harmful to the infant.
  • A chronic infection such as HIV or HTLV, or another medical condition can prohibit breastfeeding.
  • A breast infection can temporarily affect milk production.