Rhode Island launches first human donor milk program to address infant formula shortages
WARWICK, RI – The Kent Hospital Women’s Care Center has started Rhode Island’s first pasteurized human milk program.
The goal is to give breastfeeding families the opportunity to supplement breast milk through the program, which opens amid a shortage of baby food in the US, the Providence Journal reported.
“Kent Hospital’s commitment to a pasteurized donor milk program as a bridge to exclusive breastfeeding will help our postpartum mothers meet their breastfeeding goals and ensure our babies start off optimally,” said Susan Bryant, lactation consultant at the Women’s Center.
The milk is provided by Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast, based in Newton, Massachusetts. Donor milk can be sent to the bank or dropped off at one of several depots.