OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank has opened their first milk dispensary in the Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio clinic.
The OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank, under the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), provides pasteurized human milk to fragile infants and as a bridge to mothers own milk. The Milk Bank, which is in the OhioHealth Eastside Health Center, relies on donations from healthy, lactating women who generously provide milk to help other babies.
In 2022, the Milk Bank dispensed 449,382 ounces of milk to 72 hospitals and 205 outpatients in 8 states plus Ohio. That is 3511 gallons of milk. Each ounce of pasteurized human milk will feed 3 premature infants for a day.
The OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank has 21 milk drop off sites in Ohio, where milk is accepted from approved donors.
This new milk dispensary service, enables families with a prescription to pick-up the processed milk locally. Given most insurance companies do not cover outpatient donor bridge milk, families will need to pay the processing, handling and shipping fee for the dispensed milk.
Ann M Witt, MD, FABM, IBCLC, is the founder and director of Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio(BFMNEO). Founded in 2008, the clinic has worked with