Milk donation improves infants’ lives
Rebekah Hardgrove’s son was born prematurely and needed extra milk from other mothers in the early days of his life. Now she is donating some of her breastmilk to other families through a “milk drop” at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.
“I can’t express how much it meant to me to have these women selflessly provide milk for my son when he was struggling in the first weeks of his life,” Rebekah says. “I am happy to return the favor.”
Working with the nonprofit Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, Legacy Good Samaritan has opened the milk drop for breastfeeding mothers to donate breastmilk to help save the lives of premature infants.
A milk drop is a place to donate frozen milk to be picked up and pasteurized by the milk bank. The Legacy location is the milk bank’s first such drop in Portland’s downtown area.
“Good Sam has the potential to be a great supplier for the milk bank, as we have some of the highest rates of breastfeeding babies in the state,” said Legacy lactation consultant Michelle Bressler. “We are so happy to help facilitate delivery of more milk to more babies.”
Beneficial for babies
Research shows fragile infants receiving breast milk have lower risk of infections and life-threatening intestinal complications; leave the intensive care unit earlier; and later in life they have higher IQs and fewer developmental problems, according to the milk bank.
Milk bank-screened donors should call ahead to the hospital at 503-413-7533 to arrange a drop-off. To learn more about donating milk, please call Northwest Mothers Milk Bank at 503-469-0955.
Media: Brian Terrett, 503-415-5775
Photo: Rebekah Hardgrove and her son. Photo courtesy of Legacy Good Samaritan Birth Center staff