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Non-Profit Opens First Alabama Breast Milk Bank

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 Birmingham, Ala._ A new breast milk bank is now open in Birmingham. The Birmingham Mother's Milk Bank of Alabama will accept donations from lactating mothers. The milk is bottled, then shipped off to a plant in north Texas for pasteurization. After that, the milk is shipped out to hospitals across the U.S.  The breast milk will be used to help infants in the intensive care unit, but before donating mothers need to be screened. 

    Mary Michael Kelly, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, spearheaded the development of a Mother's Milk Bank of Alabama after losing her second child. Kelly's third child also spent eight months in intensive care. The support she received for the project was overwhelming. The Junior League of Birmingham and the Jefferson County Health Advised Fund both pitched in with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to help. 

     Birmingham is the first Alabama city to open a non-profit milk depot, giving lactating mothers a drop off location for donations of much-needed breast milk. The depot will be serviced by the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, a non-profit milk bank that dispenses doctor-prescribed donor human milk to hospitals in 10 states. 

    The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama is a developing, independent milk bank that is under the mentorship of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas. As human milk donors increase in Birmingham, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama will transition to a full milk bank.

    Women who are currently breastfeeding infants under one-year-old are eligible to be screened at no charge to become human breast milk donors. Potential donor moms are encouraged to call the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas toll-free  at 1-866-810-0071.

 

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