Childrens Hospital & Medical Center Milk Depot:
For babies in the NICU-every day is crucial.
A new depot at Children's Hospital and Medical Center aims to help these babies get the nutrition they need through donated breast milk.
"Jonah was born in February. He passed away from a rare mitochondrial disease." said Dana Ritterbush.
Dana is sharing precious memories of her first born baby. Jonah passed away after 67 days in the NICU. He never got to go home.
"After he passed, I was left with a deep freeze packed with breast milk." said Dana.
Dana wanted to honor her son. She decided to donate the breast milk to help other babies in need.
"I donated over 2400 ounces of breast milk." said Dana.
The milk all goes to the Denver Milk Bank, but Children's has a new way to make these donations easy for mothers.
Tammi Martin, a lactation consultant said, We store that here in our lab and then we ship it of to the Denver Milk Bank."
The breast milk depot has been open here at Children's for just a few weeks but already moms are showing interest.
Christie Schill, a lactation consultant said, "Once moms get their blood drawn they can donate milk as long as they want to."
Once the milk is donated, Children's sends it off to the Denver Milk Bank so moms don't have to worry about mailing it.
"They do go through a process of sterilization, pasteurization before it is sent out to the hospitals so it is safe." said Schill.
That milk comes back to the NICU and gives babies at high risk the nutrients they need.
Dana made a huge donation-2400 ounces of milk.
She takes comfort knowing her son's life continues to make a difference.
"You know, Jonah was only with us for a short time but he touched the lives of lots. Through his donation he's still touching a lot of babies and mother's lives. It's very rewarding."
If you are interested in donating, you can contact Children's Hospital and Medical Center at (402) 955-6152.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.