Legacy adds another pharmacy as a human donor milk pick-up site for infants with a medical need
PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 28, 2023) – Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has joined Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in partnering with Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB).
Last September, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center partnered with Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB) to open the first donor milk distribution site in Southwest Washington. This meant that Clark County residents would now have the convenience of going to a local organization for much-needed services.
We’re proud to share that, as of November 2023, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has also joined Northwest Mothers Milk Bank. Families leaving a hospital with infants in medical need for donor milk can now receive it from the apothecary (pharmacy) at either Legacy Salmon Creek or Legacy Emanuel medical centers. Previously, families had to wait for milk to be shipped overnight from NWMMB or alternatively, drive to its Tigard location. Local access to two convenient locations means families can avoid additional shipping and gas costs and can also obtain milk for their babies the same day they leave the hospital.
Legacy Health supports breastfeeding both in hospitals and after families return home. For all infants, especially premature babies, a mother's milk is always the first choice for feeding. Still, when a mother's milk is unavailable, pasteurized donor human milk is the next best option.
Families who want donor milk will need a prescription from their health care provider and will have to call ahead to ensure donor milk is available.
About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is a locally owned, nonprofit health system driven by our mission to improve the health of those around us. We offer a unique blend of health services—from wellness and urgent care to dedicated children's care and advanced medical centers. We care for patients of all ages when and where they need us across the Portland/Vancouver metro area and mid-Willamette Valley. With an eye toward a healthier community, our partnerships tackle vital issues such as housing and mental health. Legacy strives to help everyone live healthier and better lives, with the vision of being essential to the health of the region.
For more information, visit www.legacyhealth.org.