As Ireland has announced that their one and only Milk Bank has just a two week supply left, I thought it would be a good time to share the news on my latest local quest.
Donating breast milk to local hospitals in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. As we do not have a maternity unit in Newmarket you could choose between donating your milk to West Suffolk Hospital or The Rosie at Addenbrookes… or both! (All of the admin is managed by the team at The Rosie.)
Donating breast milk to our local milk bank has been incredibly easy to kick-start and simply requires an email, blood test and a breast pump.
I will share further news on the experience in a few weeks time but here is all you need to know on how to donate breast milk to local hospitals.
Email Janette (firstname.lastname@example.org) confirming the following information:
I can confirm that I have not had a tattoo in the last 12 months or a blood transfusion in the last 3 months.
Following this you will be invited for a blood test and given a large supply of milk storage bottles.
Newmarket does not have a milk collection service yet (maybe this will be my next quest) so the only catch is that you will have to deliver your milk to the hospital every four to six weeks.
Tempted but not sure if you should donate too?
Breast milk banks are one of the reasons that more premature babies are surviving.
The BBC article explains;
“For these tiny, tiny little ones – breast milk is liquid gold, it’s liquid medicine,” said Ms McCrea.
“It’s human milk that gets their gut primed, it’s human milk that fights any infections that they can get. It constantly changes to fight all the new infections that they’re liable to have.”
She added that in some cases, donated milk could mean “the difference between life and death”.
Let us know if you will be donating your breast milk to the local milk banks too!