Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital celebrates opening of donor milk bank

Posted: Updated:

A well-known Valhalla children’s hospital announced the launch of a milk donation program for pre-term babies on Wednesday.

Infants born at 28 weeks or earlier and weighing less than 2.2 pounds are eligible for the program. The milk is donated by screened and medically cleared mothers.

Health officials say pre-term milk is richer in protein and complete with calories that help premature babies grow.

“Our milk bank specifically procures, processes and dispenses premature human milk. Premature milk is packed with much more protein, much more immunologic factors, has higher calories than of-term milk,” says Boriana Parvez, medical director of the donor milk bank.

Since opening in 2015, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital milk bank says it has seen a 70% reduction in a common and serious intestinal disease among pre-term infants.

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."