Alaska Women Donate Breast Milk for Vulnerable Newborns

Providence Hospital is as a donor site, average of 15 women donate milk each week

Rebecca Palsha Rebecca Palsha, Late Edition Anchor/Senior Reporter (Parenting and Food), rpalsha@ktuu.com
POSTED: 02:14 PM AKST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 09:05 PM AKST Nov 29, 2013 
Baby at Providence Hospital
ANCHORAGE -

Most doctors agree breast milk is the best choice for newborn babies.

But for infants in the intensive care unit, and children who are adopted, breast milk is not always an option.

Providence Hospital realizes the problem and acts as a donation site for breast milk donors.

Hospitals send the milk to Colorado, which has a milk bank. There the milk is pasteurized, which preserves nutrients and immune properties.

Hospitals across the country, including facilities in Alaska, then receive the milk.

Providence said an average of 15 women donate milk each week, and that the NICU at the Anchorage hospital uses roughly 1,000 ounces of the donated milk weekly.

To learn how to become a donor, visit the Mothers' Milk Bank Colorado website or call the the nursing boutique at Providence at 212-5886.