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Benefis Hospital Accepting Breast Milk Donations

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Nicole White, like many working moms eventually had to return to work after giving birth to her daughter.

“I happen to have a baby, who was not very interested in the bottle when I returned to work, and so I was pumping all of this milk to maintain my supply and she didn't really need it,” said milk donor Nicole White.

She decided to get involved in the breast milk donor program at Benefis Hospital, which is run by a third party company "Prolacta" and after going through HIV, Hepatitis, DNA, and several other lengthy tests she was approved too donate breast milk.

“I stored up for about three months, and then sent it all back to them at once,” said milk donor Nicole White.

The milk is sent to California and tested again. If approved it's used for the most important part, "premature babies" in the incubator. Benefis took me behind the scenes to see how it works.

“This is one of our industrial grade freezers that we use, Prolacta sends it to us overnight and so we have it the next day to start using, we keep it frozen,” said NICU manager Janine Hester.

The donor's milk fills a mother's role.

“Often times they're moms are not able to provide their breast milk to these babies or it doesn't meet the nutritional need,” said Janine Hester.

But why is it so important that they use breast milk instead of a cow-based formula.

“Intestinal issues that can arise as of a result of using a cow-based formula,” said Janine Hester.

Benefis said they are trying to give premature babies the best start in life.

“Breast milk is really like a medicine for these very tiny fragile babies,” said Janine Hester.

“You have the time, and the heart that you would like to help some premature babies those should be the women that donate,” said Janine Hester.

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