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What happens to the milk once it is donated?
Step 1: Donation
Moms donate their frozen milk. Step 2: Lab Testing
A sample from each donation is sent to the lab for testing. Step 3: Pooling
Thawed milk from multiple donors is pooled together. Step 4: Homogenization
Milk is homogenized/mixed several times to ensure fat is uniformly distributed throughout the milk. Step 5: Pouring
Milk is poured into tamper evident, BPA-free bottles. Step 6: Pasteurizing
Bottles are heated to 62.5°C for 30 minutes to kill viruses and bacteria. Step 7: More Lab Testing
Another sample of pasteurized milk is sent to the lab for testing. This ensures the absence of potentially harmful bacteria. Step 8: Freezing
Pasteurized milk is kept at -20°C until it is dispensed to hospitals and outpatients for use.
WakeMed Mother’s Milk Bank1900 Kildaire Farm RoadCary, NC 27518Map & Directions919-350-8599Fax: 919-350-8923
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