Nearly 12 percent of babies born in the United States are born prematurely. In addition to advanced medical interventions and medicines, these tiny babies benefit from the protective properties of breast milk to stave off certain types of infections. However, sometimes moms can’t provide their babies with enough breast milk, which is why breast milk donations are so important.
South Shore Hospital has partnered with Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast to open a human milk depot— a community location where screened donors who have more breast milk than their own babies need can drop off donations for shipment to a milk bank—providing a precious resource for families so premature infants can grow and thrive.
“The decision to become a donation site was an easy one,” said John Fiascone, MD, Medical Director of South Shore Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “Breast milk, while important for all babies, is particularly important for those babies who are born prematurely. Some of the benefits include protection against infection, better developmental outcomes, and reduced stress.”