The King's Daughters
Donor Milk Bank at CHKD
CHKD is pleased to announce that in the summer of 2014 it will open The King's Daughters Donor Milk Bank at CHKD to provide nutritionally optimal breast milk to critically ill newborns in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Many factors can prevent mothers of preterm or critically ill infants from being able to provide their
own breast milk. Since 2012, CHKD has worked with three donor milk banks from across the country to provide breast milk to babies who weighed less than
3 pounds 5 ounces at birth and were born less than 30 weeks gestational age.
To date, CHKD has treated over 100 patients with donor human milk, and an average of 10 patients at CHKD receive donor milk every day.
The supply of donor human milk does not currently meet the demand of the babies who would benefit from it. Establishing a milk bank at CHKD and recruiting local donors will help alleviate shortages and provide this life-saving nutrition to more critically ill infants in need.
During the first year of operation, The King's Daughters Donor Milk Bank at CHKD will focus on the development of a donor base and meeting the needs of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients. After the first year, CHKD hopes to have an excess supply of donor milk which will then be offered to other NICUs in the Hampton Roads region and beyond. Providing this valuable treatment to other NICUs will allow CHKD to offset the cost of operating the milk bank.
Mothers interested in donating milk now should contact our mentor milk bank: WakeMed Mother’s Milk Bank in Raleigh, N.C., at www.wakemed.org or call Sue Evans at (919) 350-8599 to arrange a donor screening.