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Thursday, March 08, 2007The freezers are running low at the HMBANA milk bank in Denver. Despite donations of more than 10,000 ounces each month, demand for the live-saving donor milk has risen enough that the staff at The Mother's Milk Bank at St. Luke's Medical Center is worried that they may have to turn away some recipients that have a true medical need for donor milk.
That is unless we can spread the word and attract some new donors.
So, I'd share the following story with my Colorado readers (and those from neighboring states) and ask you to help spread the word.
From CBS4 in Denver:
Julia Lam is a beautiful, happy baby, but the six-month-old is also very sick. She's undergoing aggressive chemotherapy to combat an unusual form of lymphoma.
"This is without a question a life threatening disease process for her," said Dr. Lorrie Odom, a Pediatric Oncologist.
Lam has to wait to eat until medical tests are finished, and when she gets hungry for milk, it will be breast milk, for its nutrition and antibodies.
"To give her the best chance to tolerate the chemotherapy and its side effects," said Dr. Odom.
Lam's mother's milk supply dwindled when she got sick, so now her human breast milk is donated.
If you are a lactating mother anywhere near Denver, are free of any communicable diseases and have the ability to express extra milk, please give consideration to becoming a donor. You can contact The Mother's Milk Bank at St. Luke's Medical Center for more information:
Phone (877) 458-5503
Labels: Milk Banking and Sharing