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Why Use Donor Milk?

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In the absence of the infant's own mother's milk, donor milk offers all of the benefits of human milk for the baby, including optimal nutrition, easy digestibility, immunologic protection against many organisms and diseases, and infection-fighting components, which can help seriously-ill infants recover. 

Human milk also contains growth factors that can protect immature tissue, promote maturation, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, and promote the healing of tissue damaged by infection.  Many babies who receive donor milk would be unable to thrive without it.

Some common reasons for needing donor milk include:

  • Prematurity
  • Allergies or formula intolerances
  • Immunologic deficiencies
  • Postoperative nutrition
  • Treatment of some infectious diseases
  • Treatment of inborn errors of metabolism

To read comments from WakeMed Mothers' Milk Bank donors and recipients,  click here.