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Depot #39

In May of 2021, Myrtue's Birthing Center became the 39th Mother's Milk Collection Depot. The Birthing Center is now where women can take their breastmilk to be frozen, stored, sent in, pasteurized, and donated to babies in need. Women complete a health history questionnaire and bloodwork screening to determine if they can donate.

Pictured above at the official Mother's Milk Bank opening are (L to R): Lyndsey Havens, RN, Lisa Beck, RN, Megan Gettys, RN, Lanette Peterson, RN, Michele Monson, RNC, and Cara Cacy, RN, IBCLC.

“We are very excited to partner with the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa to become a breast milk depot,” states Birthing Center Director, Michele Monson, RNC-OB. “The Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa has wanted a depot in southwest Iowa and we look forward to providing this service to our community.”

More than two decades of research have established that human milk is the perfect food for infants. It protects them from illness – infants on human milk have lower hospital admission rates, fewer ear infections, rashes, and allergies, as well as less diarrhea. Human milk is even more important for premature infants. Human milk contains many ingredients not found in formula. It is full of immune system boosters and infection-fighting factors, and contains unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and enzymes necessary for tiny infants to survive.

Donor human milk is available for premature and term infants. Indications for its use include:

  • Hospitalized premature infants
  • Infants born with immunological defects
  • Insufficient milk supply
  • Adopted infants
  • Mother illness requiring brief cessation of breast feeding

To be a milk donor, you must be in good health and be willing to pump and store milk according to milk bank standards as well as donate a minimum of 200 ounces of milk. Donors are also:

  • Non-smoking
  • Not taking medication (with a few exceptions)
  • Should not consume alcohol 12 hours before pumping milk to donate
  • Are not taking herbal supplements, including herbs in multivitamin (multivitamin is not an exclusion)

To become a human milk donor, please contact Heidi Baudhuin at 319.384.9930 or baudhuin@healthcare.uiowa.edu

To order donor human milk or for more information about the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa:

Cara Cacy, IBCLC, Myrtue's Lactation Consultant, was able to receive the first Milk Bank donation from Emily Raney.​Myrtue Medical Center had its first donor in July 2021. Cara Casy, IBCLC, Myrtue's Lactation Consultant, was able to receive the first Milk Bank donation from Emily Raney.

"Although the main reason I donate my milk is to help and support other families, I find it rewarding on my end as well. It is so fulfilling to know that my contributions will help babies thrive and grow," said first donor, Emily Raney. "I am so glad Myrtue is a drop off site. They make it easy and simple to make a donation and it gives me a sense of pride to know that I am making a difference."

Become a donor today! Just click here to start your journey.

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