LACONIA, NH – Lakes Region General Hospital has introduced pasteurized donor human milk as standard of care at the LRGH Family Birthplace for babies with low blood sugars, Jaundice, inability to latch, a medical condition, or for mothers unable to feed baby or express her milk.
LRGH is one of only eight New Hampshire hospitals offering donor milk from Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast (MMBNE), non-profit community milk. “Our goal is always to have mothers nurse their own babies, but sometimes it is necessary to provide a supplement while the mother’s milk comes in,” commented Dr. Robert M. Insoft, medical director of MMBNE.
Some mothers have more milk than their babies need and generously donate to other mothers and babies in need. Milk donor screening is modeled after blood donor screening, and includes health history, physician approval, and blood test. These are some of the many measures taken to ensure the safety of milk for the fragile newborns served by LRGH. Milk from mothers who pass the screening is also pasteurized and tested by an independent lab to ensure safety before being dispensed to hospitals or families. Donor milk can be lifesaving for preterm infants and lowers hospital costs by reducing costs for care and shortening hospital stays.
While donor milk is now widely used for preterm babies in hospitals with neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), LRGH is on the leading edge of hospitals offering it in regular nurseries. In the case of full-term and near-term births, pasteurized donor human milk can be offered as “bridge milk,” until a mother’s own milk supply increases. For more information on Family Birthplace and the programs and services provided, please call 524-3211, ext. 3707.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.
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