Vermont Donor Milk Center now open to offer breast milk for medically needy infants.
“Vermont Donor Milk Center, Inc. (VDMC) offers safe pasteurized donor human breast milk to fragile babies in need across Vermont and northern New York.”
For many of us parents we understand the importance of human breast milk for our babies. There are thousands of babies every year that over come health and medical issues from donated breast milk. There are so many reasons that parents are having to reach out to other moms for help on nourishing their little ones.
- failure to thrive struggles
- digestive struggles
- premie babies
- formula intolerance
- babies recovering from surgeries
- moms unable to breast feed for many different reasons including their own medical struggles
The Vermont Donor Milk Center is the first human breast milk bank in the state and has opened up to help those families with infants that have medical needs who struggle to thrive off of formula and need better and safer access to breast milk in their area.
VDMC offers three services to families:
Dispensary: Location in which breast milk is distributed.
A Depot: This is where breast milk donations are dropped off and collected
An Education Center: Lactation services and infant feeding information
“Across the State of Vermont, 40% of our newborns need supplemental feeding in the first few weeks of life. The Vermont Donor Milk Center, Inc. is the first outpatient initiative in Vermont to bridge the gap in infant nutrition and is the first LOCAL resource for families to obtain pasteurized donor human breast milk.“Cited: https://www.vtdonormilk.com/services
How to Donate Milk:
Becoming a screened breast milk donor can be done in four simple steps provided by VDMC:
- Complete a 15 minute phone screening.
- Fill out forms.
- Get a blood test (paid for by the out of state milk bank where pasteurization occurs.)
- Make arrangements with us for delivery of your milk, at no cost to you.
Get More information directly from their website:
How to Receive Breast Milk:
Prescriptions are required and must be prescribed by a medical professional. You should contact your pediatrician or you can contact the VDMC for assistance on navigating the process.
Breast milk can be picked up by the family or delivered to them.
Other ways to help:
For persons who are seeking a way to help with out donating breast milk they can make monetary contributions that help with providing the services to all families, including those who are limited on financial resources due to limited income and/or insurance that does not cover breast milk for infants.