Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Breast Milk Bank Calling for Donations as Supply for Preemies Low

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Breast Milk Bank Calling for Donations as Supply for Preemies Low

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Ont. breast milk bank seeks donors, as supply low

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TORONTO - Ontario's Human Milk Bank is calling for donations of breast milk from lactating women to help save sick and pre-term babies' lives.

The milk bank says donations decline over the summer months, so an increase in donated breast milk is needed to replenish current stocks that have run low.

About 1,500 low-birthweight babies are born every year in Ontario and many of their mothers are unable to provide adequate amounts of milk. Without donor milk, these babies are at a higher risk of developing life-threatening complications.

The milk bank collects extra milk from lactating women in Ontario, pasteurizes it and distributes it by prescription to infants in neonatal intensive care units across the province. …

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