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TriStar Centennial opens milk bank depot to help NICU babies

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 14:04:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Another milk bank to help infants in need within the State of Tennessee is now open.

TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital recently opened its Milk Bank Depot for moms to donate frozen milk.

According to a release, the depot is part of Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee, a non-profit organization “providing safe donor milk to benefit infants in need within Tennessee.”

TriStar Centennial is the eighth group to join the organization. The hospital hosted a ribbon cutting back on August 20 to honor the first donation at the new location.

After the milk is donated, it’s then pasteurized before being distributed to Tennessee hospitals.

“Donor breast milk is extremely important for our smallest patients in the neonatal intensive care unit,” said Amber Price, Chief Operating Officer at TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. “By opening a Milk Bank Depot, we can ensure that moms have an easy and convenient way to donate their milk which can provide lifesaving nutrition for our NICU babies.”

To be a donor, you must complete a phone screening and provide a blood test. You must also be in “overall good health, non-smokers, consume less than two alcoholic drinks per day, not regularly use medication or herbal supplements and be willing to donate 100 ounces of milk initially.”

Donations can be accepted for the first year after birth. For more information, visit milkbanktn.org or call 615-933-8877.

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