Pittsburgh breast milk bank 'pumped' by initial donations

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 17, 2015 12:25 PM

Rachel Palencik poses for a photograph with her frozen breast milk Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in West Chester, Pa. About 4,000 mothers participate in 15 nonprofit milk banks across the United States, but the entry of for-profit milk banks has led to tensions as state lawmakers begin regulating the industry. Palencik wants to be sure that her milk goes to a mom and infant who need it. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Pittsburgh's) -- Organizers of Pennsylvania's first breast milk bank say they're thrilled by the initial donations received over the weekend. 

Three donations of 2,300 ounces of pumped breast milk have arrived at the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank. 

The milk is intended primary for infants in neonatal intensive care units, but up to 20 percent of it could be given to outpatient babies, too.

It is especially important to premature babies, who are prone to the kinds of infections that breast milk helps prevent. 

Denise O'Connor, a lactation consultant who serves as the bank's executive director, says the bank "is taking off.'' 

The milk will be distributed after the bank passes an inspection on Dec. 7th and 8th by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.  

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