Donated breast milk shortage across the nation - CBS46 News

Donated breast milk shortage across the nation

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Lauren Brown was born weighing just 2 pounds and 8 ounces, after only 29 weeks. She could fit in her father Nigel's hands.

To get her healthy, doctors at Northside Hospital want her to drink breast milk, but her mom isn't able to produce enough. So she's fed donated breast milk, which is shipped in from milk banks across the nation, where donor mothers are tested and the milk is pasteurized. 

But The Milk Banking Association of North America says there's a shortage of donated breast milk. Last year, about 1.8 million ounces were donated to the 10 banks across America. But 8 million ounces were needed. This year the organization estimates about 2 million ounces will be donated, still well below what is needed.

Breast Milk is especially important for premature babies, who haven't developed strong immune systems. The nutrients also help with brain development.

To learn how to donate breast milk click here.  

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