Erlanger receives Breast Milk donations from Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Did you know that nearly 40% of NICU mothers* aren’t able to produce enough milk? 

But, thanks to Milk from the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee provides moms with this vital resource to enable their babies to survive and thrive right here in chattanooga. 

Erlanger is now receiving safe, pasteurized breast milk donated by Tennessee donor mothers and pasteurized by the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee.

This milk is used to save the most vulnerable babies in Erlanger’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“We understand that as a NICU mother, between the stress of having a baby in the NICU or having her own medical issues, about 40% of NICU moms cannot supply Enough of their own milk. So what breast milk actually does is coat the baby’s intestines. That’s their immunity. Something very detrimental can happen to these babies at an early age is what they call necrotizing enterocolitis otherwise known as NEC. This can have a rapid onset and kill a baby. So the importance of moms milk or the compassion of those moms that’d an over supply and give back and donate their milk back to the milk bank of Tennessee. Then they pasteurize it and supply it to hospitals all over Tennessee,” says Noreen Webb, Lactation Consultant at Erlanger.

Erlanger is the first hospital system to receive milk donations from the Mothers Milk Bank of Tennessee nonprofit organization. 

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