The Sutter Medical Center and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Greater Sacramento are asking mothers to become breast milk donors because of a breast milk shortage for premature babies and ill babies in neonatal intensive care units.
The human milk is important for premature and sick infants as it protects them from intestinal infections, reports CBS Sacramento.
Kate Risingsun, Regional Lactation Manager at Sutter Medical Center, told CBS Sacramento: “There is a shortage of breast milk from donors, and our hospital is one of the top purchasers of breast milk in the area. Our care can be compromised if there isn’t enough, so we’re pleading for more.”
The breast milk will be donated to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of California, which provides breast milk to 73 hospitals in 13 states.
For details about the requirements to become a donor, please visit the Breastfeeding Coalitions’ website.