For Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) babies, donated blood and donated human milk are critical to survival. Indiana Blood Center and The Milk Bank joined forces to ensure fragile infants have access to both. June marked our first year of partnership with The Milk Bank; one that connects Indiana Blood Center donors even more deeply to a community committed to serving infants in critical need.
The Milk Bank, founded in 2005, is a non-profit organization that promotes community health by expanding the safe use of human milk for all babies, especially premature and ill infants. The non-profit accepts and pasteurizes breast milk from fully screened and approved mothers to be sent to the NICU in hospitals throughout the Midwest.
With seven locations throughout Indiana, Indiana Blood Center’s donor centers are conveniently located near milk donors. As the partnership rolled out, Indiana Blood Center placed a freezer in each of its locations, serving as official milk depots for approved Milk Bank donors. Milk that is collected at Indiana Blood Center locations is then transported to the pasteurization facility at The Milk Bank, making the turnaround time between a milk donor and NICU more timely.
Indiana Blood Center also provides the blood screening required for potential milk donors going through The Milk Bank’s approval process.
The partnership with The Milk Bank perfectly aligns with Indiana Blood Center’s lifesaving mission. Knowing that our broad footprint of donor centers throughout Indiana opens the opportunity for even more mothers to donate milk adds yet another point of pride in what we do.
For more information about The Milk Bank, visit www.themilkbank.org.