RHODE MAP TO MOTHERHOOD: Kent offers donor milk as breastfeeding alternative for newborns
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) - New babies and new moms at Kent Hospital now have an emergency supply of nourishing breastmilk at their fingertips.
Laurie Chatterley, RN, and her team at Kent are the first and only in the state to offer donor milk to every newborn during his or her stay in the hospital.
"We will warm the milk up and bring it t
o them in bottles so anytime they need it it’s available to them," Chatterley says.
The milk, from the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, is donated by other moms to help brand new moms who are having some trouble supplying for their little one.
Kent launched its donor milk program this spring, stocking up on donated breastmilk to feed newborns while they're still in the hospital.
Without the donated milk option, newborns whose mothers couldn’t provide enough breastmilk would receive formula or an IV administering dextrose.
The screening process for donors is strict, and their milk gets pasteurized first, giving moms one less thing to worry about.
“When we see babies that do need a supplementation and those moms don't have to say, ‘Oh, I have to give formula,’ they have this option to give breastmilk.”
The donor milk is free to new moms while they're still in the hospital.
Moms who want to continue to supplement after they go home can arrange for a supply of breastmilk through the bank. Learn more here.
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