Imagine being able to help low birth-weight babies and other newborns in need at hospitals by donating your unused milk. Thanks to the very first milk bank in New York, opening in Hastings this month, you can. (And while it’s certainly an atypical donation, many consider it an important one.)
New York Milk Bank Director Julie Bouchet-Horwitz points out that many mothers have excess milk just sitting in their freezers that could very easily be donated via mail or dropped off at the milk bank or any milk depot. If you’re one of these moms and would like to become a donor, call 212-956-6455 to start the screening process, or learn more about it at the New York Milk Bank website. Donors must go through a screening process, and all the milk is pasteurized and processed on site, at the new state-of-the-art facility.
If you’re a mom in need of donor breast milk at home, it can be purchased directly from the milk bank if you have a prescription, which would come from your pediatrician. Donor milk is about $4.50 an ounce and the cost isn’t currently covered by insurance. (New York Milk Bank is a nonprofit organization, but there is a cost to processing the milk and keeping the facility running.)
New York Milk Bank, 185 Old Broadway, Hastings-On-Hudson; 212-956-6455