Ridgeview Becomes Breast Milk Donation Site
In recognition of Aug. 1 -7 as World Breastfeeding Week, Ridgeview is announcing that it has partnered with the MN Milk Bank to become a Milk Depot (collection site) for area donors.
According to Megan Wiyninger, RN, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Ridgeview, “Donor milk is the next best solution to feeding baby when mom’s milk isn’t an option. Antibodies in human breast milk establish a baby’s immune system and help to develop the gastrointestinal system. Formula simply does not have these protective qualities.”
Ridgeview currently utilizes donor milk from the MN Milk Bank for its premature and sick babies in its Neonatal Care Unit and babies in need of supplementation in the nursery.
To become a breast milk donor, participants are first screened by the MN Milk Bank. Only approved donors may drop off milk at Ridgeview. Donations are collected and stored in a freezer onsite until a larger supply is gathered and then sent to the MN Milk Bank for pasteurization and distribution throughout the state.
To become a donor, please contact the MN Milk Bank to begin the screening process. To learn more or schedule your donation appointment at Ridgeview, contact Megan Wiyninger at 952.777.4658.