Montefiore gets new breast milk bank
The New York Milk Bank has opened its latest breast milk depot at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
Officials say that mothers often produce more milk than needed by their own babies, and the banks rely on donations to help needy children, usually premature infants in need of nutrients.
Health experts say premature babies respond better to breast milk than other types of feeding. According to doctors, their immature digestive systems need human milk to prevent diseases like necrotizing enterocolitis, which kills about 100 babies a year.
Donors are screened and donations are pasteurized due to health concerns.
Dr. Stacy Roseblum, a new mother who is set to become a donor, says a single pump session can feed a whole room of needy babies.