Owing to human milk's complex makeup of nutrients, enzymes, hormones, and immunological properties, medical science has yet to discover a substitute that can duplicate its promotion of normal growth and reduction of the risk of illness in infants. Since human milk is the optimal source of nutrition for babies, many newborns that experience health issues— such as prematurity, allergies, and infectious diseases—stand to benefit from it, but some of these babies do not have access to a steady supply of human milk. Since 2005, Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank (IMMB) has helped to supply hundreds of infants with human milk by collecting it from carefully screened donors, pasteurizing and freezing it, and distributing it to families and hospitals throughout Indiana.
Akin to screening potential blood donors, IMMB conducts a thorough review of donors' medical history and blood work to ensure safety for the recipient of the donation. Once collected, donor milk undergoes further analysis, culture testing, and pasteurization before IMMB's staff freezes it. The organization charges those requesting pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) a fee to help offset the cost of testing and processing the donated milk, but many families facing financial hardship are unable to pay this processing fee. To assist these families, IMMB began the Milk Money & More Project, which collects monetary donations to offset the processing fees of PDHM orders for families unable to meet its cost. Currently, IMMB spends the majority of its own operational budget on the collection, processing, and distribution of PDHM, and is financially unable to fulfill all requests for PDHM. The Milk Money & More Project is in need of additional funding in order to provide PDHM to infants whose families cannot afford it.
Join G-Team and donate $10 to help Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank provide the nutrition of pasteurized donor human milk to premature or ill infant outpatients whose families cannot otherwise afford it. If G-Team members raise $250, then IMMB's Milk Money & More Project can cover processing fees on 25 requests for 60 milliliters worth of PDHM each (equivalent to about 12 hours worth of feeding). Each additional $10 raised will allow the Milk Money & More Project to waive the processing fee on another request for 60 milliliters of PDHM.
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IMMB collects human milk donations from screened donors, then pasteurizes, analyzes, and distributes to neonatal intensive care unitsIndy's Child Parenting Magazine, 8/1/10
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