Earlier this month I was able to tour the new Mothers’ Milk Bank facilities here in Colorado. This is the central location for all human breastmilk to be processed and distributed to NICU’s throughout North America. It was great to take the tour and see how they are able to save even more babies!
As mentioned above, the facility houses both the milk processing center as well as the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. The foundation was established in 2008 to help pediatric patients and their families and offer community support. They provide assistance to families in need like providing milk to NICU babies, matching children with service dogs, diaper drives and much more.
What was the most impressive aspect of the entire tour was how incredibly large and state of the art this facility was compared to their previous home. This new facility is ISO certified and has much more room for processing, pasteurizing and dispensing the milk to babies in need. The infographic below is a great way to look at how Mothers’ Milk Bank works.
Milk comes in from donors and is processed and essentially checked in and put into the computer.
- 1 out of 8 babies are born prematurely and typically have nutritional deficiencies, weakened immune systems and developmental delays.
- Human breastmilk is liquid gold and contains well over 100 vitamins, nutrients, antibodies and other immune factors that formula cannot replicate.
- Human milk can help combat those nutritional deficiencies & build immune systems.
- One ounce of human milk can feed a NICU baby for 1 day.