One month ago, Midland Memorial Hospital announced their partnership with Mothers Milk Bank of North Texas and opened a Milk Depot in their hospital.
The Milk Bank is a place where woman can donate breast milk to help premature babies in the NICU.
It works similar to a blood bank. Healthy mothers who pass a screening process can donate milk to the bank, then the milk is sent to NICU’s across Texas.
Within hours of announcing the Milk Depot, MMH received a donation and a month later the freezer is packed.
“I was busy that day and I just kept getting phone calls and I was like’ Oh I’m on my way,'” said Lorie Prieto, Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant MMH.
Right now, about 700 ounces occupy the freezer at MMH, but that’s not all the donations.
“We’ve already have a shipment come and they have already taken it and we are fixing to go send another batch,” said Prieto.
Both batches totaled more than 1,200 ounces of donated breast milk.
“One ounce of breast milk feeds three premature babies,” said Prieto.
Which means mom in the Basin who donated have nourished and saved about 3,600 premature babies.
“It was amazing how the community responded and just how quickly it happened,” said Prieto.
To donate, click here.