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University Launches Breast Milk Bank for Preemies

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Watson Women's Center and University Health Care Foundation team to help preemies in Special Care Nursery get breast milk. Watson Women's Center and University Health Care Foundation team to help preemies in Special Care Nursery get breast milk.
Augusta, GA - Breast milk is the best first food for babies.

Multitude of studies have shown that for newborns, breast milk fortifies the immune system, lowers the risk of developing asthma and allergies and lessens the risk of ear infections, respiratory infections and diarrhea. But premature babies often miss out on breast feeding due to their size, which can be detrimental to their health in the long run.

To help combat this issue and protect University’s smallest and most-fragile patients, University Health Care Foundation has launched a $320,000 campaign to create a Breast Milk Lab for University Hospital’s Special Care Nursery.

While not a repository for donated milk, University’s Breast Milk Lab will be used to encourage new moms to pump and store their milk if their baby is in the Special Care Nursery.

For those moms who, for whatever reason, cannot produce breast milk, University will purchase donor milk from a nonprofit HMBANA (Human Milk Banking Association of North America) milk bank, which is screened and heat treated before being frozen for shipment.


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