According to Howard Birenbaum, MD, Director of Neonatology at GBMC, “Some new mothers experience insufficient milk production, are unable to breastfeed due to a medical condition or choose not to breastfeed. But, we want the most vulnerable babies to have the advantage of breast milk, as it contains live cells, antibodies and many more components that help decrease the likelihood of infection and gastrointestinal problems. Breast milk won’t prevent all cases of necrotizing enterocolitis, but it reduces the incidence by half and is a big step in the right direction.”
|Dr. Howard Birenbaum|
The milk will be supplied by licensed milk banking organizations in San Jose, California and Wake, North Carolina, which follow strict regulations put in place by the Human Milk Banking Association of America. All milk will be processed and tested to ensure product safety before it will be sent frozen to GBMC. “Maryland has stringent requirements regarding donating human tissue, and breast milk is considered a tissue. Parents can rest assured that the milk their babies receive is safe and healthy,” explains Dr. Birenbaum.
|Dr. Victor Khouzami|
Additional funding is needed in order to support the Human Milk Bank. To make a donation, visit http://foundation.gbmc.org or call 443-849-2773. Please note: GBMC is not able to accept donations of breast milk itself.