FAIRMONT– The South Central Minnesota Breastmilk Depot just lately acquired its first donation. The depot, positioned in Martin County’s Human Providers constructing, is the one depot of its variety on this space of the state.
The depot collects frozen breastmilk from authorized donors, which is then despatched to the Minnesota Milk Financial institution for Infants in Golden Valley. There it’s pasteurized and packaged to be used.
The native depot first opened in 2019. Patti Kasper, a registered nurse and a global board licensed lactation marketing consultant with Human Providers of Faribault and Martin Counties mentioned, “We had folks name and ask about donating, however by no means acquired any.”
That’s till Wendt donated 750 ounces of breastmilk. Wendt lives in Springfield, Minnesota and is a registered nurse on the Sleepy Eye hospital.
Wendt’s child developed a sensitivity to cow’s milk protein so she minimize out dairy merchandise from her eating regimen to proceed breastfeeding. Nevertheless, she was left her with fairly a little bit of frozen breastmilk from when she was consuming dairy.
“I didn’t need the milk that I couldn’t use to go to waste. And being a nurse that takes care of latest mothers and infants, if I used to be in a spot the place I couldn’t have breast milk for my child I might be thankful for one thing like this,” Wendt mentioned.
She mentioned her lactation marketing consultant from the place she delivered her child referred her to the milk financial institution. She initially went on-line to the web site and despatched an electronic mail for extra info.
“One of many folks acquired in contact with me and we did a telephone interview to see if I might be a candidate. Then I stuffed out a paper utility,” Wendt mentioned.
She was despatched a blood testing equipment that she took to a lab. After the outcomes had been in she was notified that she was good to go.
Whereas Wendt mentioned they’ve pilots that may come decide up the milk donation via Angel Flight, she opted to drive to the South Central Minnesota Breastmilk Depot.
“The entire course of took a couple of month. The communication between me and Virginia, the woman on the milk financial institution I used to be speaking with, was nice. She was fast to get again to me. The method was easy,” Wendt mentioned.
Wendt’s milk and any others that’s donated to the milk depot is saved in a chosen freezer and the milk financial institution will come down and get.
“They’re capable of put it to use in hospitals. Loads of it goes to the neonatal intensive care models, and for mother’s who’re breastfeeding however their milk hasn’t are available it and their child must be supplemented however they don’t need to introduce components,” Kasper defined.
Kasper mentioned a number of depots are scattered all through the state in order that mothers can get to at least one closet to them. She mentioned the closet one to this space is likely to be St. Cloud. She mentioned there are a number of within the Twin Cities space.
Kasper mentioned she is aware of that there’s a lot of milk sharing occurring between moms, however she mentioned going via the depot and financial institution is the most secure route.
“I don’t advocate that except you already know what sort of medicine they take and whether or not they’ve executed medicine or are consuming,” she mentioned.
Kasper mentioned she’ll hear of people that say they’ve a freezer filled with milk.
“That’s nice. I might say, once you get to that time and also you’re prepared, tell us so we may help you donate it.”
She identified that there are a lot of advantages of breastmilk.
“All of the residing cells in breastmilk is so wholesome for a infants complete development and improvement,” Kasper mentioned.
Kasper mentioned the depot is staffed with worldwide board licensed lactation consultants.
“We have now quite a lot of assist for breastfeeding mothers right here at Human Providers ,” Kasper mentioned.
She shared that public well being additionally places on BabyCafe each Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at Fairmont Elementary Faculty. There consultants may help reply questions.
Extra details about the Minnesota milk financial institution could be discovered at www.mnmilkbank.org or by calling 763-546-8051.