Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Anniston now serves as one of only four human “milk depots” in Alabama, among only 16 nationwide. Breastfeeding mothers are able to donate breast milk for premature or medically fragile babies after a simple free screening. The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama (MMBA) selected RMC as a satellite drop-off location for breast milk donations, which will be stored in a dedicated deep-freezer unit. After pasteurization at MMBA in Birmingham, the milk is distributed across the state for medically fragile infants.
Many babies born prematurely often have underdeveloped gastrointestinal tracts. It’s important to provide these medically fragile or premature infants the most easily digestible milk, and human milk is much easier to digest than milk-based formulas derived from cows’ milk or soybeans.
RMC is pleased to have been selected by MMBA and to serve as a milk depot, giving medically fragile babies a better option for healthy nutrition.