St. Cloud Opens First Milk Depot

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(KNSI) - St. Cloud is opening its first milk depot to help mothers who want to breast feed but can't.

The depot opens at St. Cloud Hospital on Wednesday. The goal is to ensure that vulnerable babies can get safely pasteurized human donor milk when a mother’s own milk is unavailable or in low supply.

A milk depot is a place where women can bring extra milk to donate to other babies.

The milk is then taken to the milk bank where it is pasteurized, tested for bacteria, frozen, stored and shipped to health care facilities in need.

Before milk is accepted, every donating mother is carefully screened by a phone interview, written application and blood test.

To become a milk donor, contact the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies at 763-546-8051.

After passing the screening process, make an appointment to drop off your donations at St. Cloud Hospital by calling 320-251-2700, ext. 51990.

The milk depot is in partnership with the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies, the only organization in Minnesota that processes and distributes human donor milk.

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