VALENCIA, CA (August 8, 2019) — Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is proud to support National Breast Feeding Awareness Month during August by hosting a Donor Breast Milk Drive.
In partnership with Mother’s Milk Bank, Henry Mayo’s Lactation Services Department will hold a Donor Breast Milk Drive on Thursday, August 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Henry Mayo Fitness and Health (24525 Town Center Drive, Valencia, CA 91355). Only frozen milk can be accepted.
While human breast milk is beneficial for all newborns, it is especially helpful for at-risk premature infants who are in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Because of its immunologic components, breast milk offers protection from potentially life-threatening infections while providing optimal nutrition and promotion of growth and healing of tissue. If mothers are not able to supply the amount of breast milk needed to support their babies in the NICU, outside sources, such as a milk bank, become life-savers.
“We are very pleased to offer local moms the opportunity to donate their extra milk to babies in need,” said May Beth Sweet, Lactation Program Coordinator at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “We are so grateful to our donors who are providing human milk to help nourish and support the tiniest NICU babies across our state. It really does take a village!”
Donor screenings will be available onsite. For more information, visit henrymayo.com/lactationservices, or call 661.200.1515.