Each year more than 10,000 babies are born prematurely in North Carolina. These fragile newborns need the best possible nutrition to grow and develop into healthy infants. Breast milk has life-saving antibodies that protect preemies, as well as full-term infants, against disease, illness and intestinal infections.
Mother’s milk is best, however, ill premature babies sometimes cannot breastfeed and frequently their mothers are unable to pump enough milk for them. For a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), milk donations can be essential to life.
This is where you come in. WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank is a non-profit milk bank that provides safe, pasteurized donor milk to babies in hospital NICUs in North Carolina and all along the east coast – breast milk donated by women like you.
Non-profit milk banks like WakeMed’s rely on the generosity of women who take the time and effort it requires to donate their milk, helping infants during their most vulnerable phase of life. Learn more about milk banking and how to give the incredible gift of milk donation.
For families wishing to support the WakeMed Mother’s Milk Bank with a monetary gift, the WakeMed Foundation would be happy to assist you.