The Champaign Urbana Public Health District is reopening its breast milk depot and dispensary on March 29 in cooperation with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes.
According to Valerie Koress, the community nutrition program coordinator for CUPHD, the depot is a drop off location for breast milk. A dispensary is a location to buy the milk once it has been pasteurized by the bank.
“Pasteurized donor human milk provides numerous benefits, including infection-fighting factors, growth hormones, improved nutrition and improved digestion,” Amy Roberts, an employee of CUPHD, said in a press release.
According to Jinnie Hoggarth, the relationship manager at the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, the Milk Bank WGL is one of about 35 nonprofit milk banks in the country and is the only Illinois and Wisconsin milk bank.
According to Hoggarth, the milk bank has been working with CUPHD since 2020, and partnering with CUPHD helped them connect with more families.
“They get pasteurized milk from us and (CUPHD) has it available for families and patients that might need it,” Hoggarth said.
Donor milk is received from donors that go through a thorough screening and blood screening, according to Roberts.
“All donations are