Donor breast milk dispensaries help parents amid formula shortage – NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

Maine has two donor breast milk dispensaries through Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts.

PORTLAND, Maine — Parents struggling to find baby formula are looking to donor breast milk banks to bridge the gap until new supplies are back on store shelves.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production of formula.

Maine has two donor breast milk dispensaries through Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts. One is in Portland, and the other is in Lewiston. There are also several depots where parents can donate their own breast milk after screening.

Dr. Ali Kopelman, M.D., IBCLC, is the pediatrician for Personalized Pediatrics of Maine in Portland. She operates the Portland donor milk dispensary. She said it is easier for solo practitioners to start running these dispensaries because they require someone to monitor the milk. 

Hospitals have donor milk but can only give it to patients.

“I now have people calling me from the hospital. They’re not even waiting until they’ve come home to make that contact to say, ‘Hey, I think I’m going to need it in

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