Fulton County opens Milk Donation Center
PEORIA (25 News) - In a first for Canton, the Fulton County Health Department has opened a human milk donation center for the residents of Fulton County.
This was done in partnership with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes and the milk donated is crucial for at-risk infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) as it provides numerous benefits in the absence of the mother’s milk, including infection-fighting factors, active growth and development hormones, improved digestion and ideal nutrition. While FCHD supports breastfeeding whenever possible, donor milk can also be used when the mother has a low milk supply, is ill or on certain medications, or in cases of adoption or surrogacy.
“Some of our moms will call and you know they’ll be like you know I’d really like to donate milk I’ve got so much milk, it’s a lot of work in so to throw that breast milk away makes you want to cry so they wanted to donate” Said Cherish Zempel, Maternal-Child Health manager at the Fulton County Health Department.
Prior to this donation site opening, nursing parents would need to drive to Macomb or Pekin to donate any unused breastmilk.
When donated, the breastmilk gets sent to be pasteurized in a process that does not impact nutritional value. The milk is then sent to those who are in need of it, especially babies in NICUs.
To find out more, visit the Fulton County Health Department’s website.
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