TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday evening, in partnership with The Milk Bank and Vigo County WIC, Regional Hospital hosted the area’s first ever breast milk drive.
Representatives with The Milk Bank say once a person has been approved to donate their milk, it is pasteurized, tested, and then sent to hospitals throughout the eastern portion of the country.
Mothers in attendance on Monday were able to complete the donor screening process free of charge.
This includes a verbal screening and blood test to ensure the milk is safe.
Leaders with The Milk Bank say this milk drive is about creating healthier lives for children who are in NICU’s.
“All babies, they need breast milk. Especially the fragile sick kiddos in the NICU. They’re the one’s we primarily serve, who really can not just use it for a nutritional purpose but it also serves a medicinal purpose as well,” said Lauren Duncan, The Milk Bank donor mother coordinator.
Duncan says because mothers can only donate until their baby turns two, that they are always looking for new donors.
She also says The Milk Bank hopes to have more of these drives in the Wabash Valley.