A non-profit has opened in Texoma with the potential to save the lives of Texoma babies.
The Mothers' Milk Bank Of North Texas is opening in Wichita Falls. It is the 10th collection site in the United States.
Mothers' donor milk can help save the lives of motherless, premature and malnourished toddlers. In some cases, formula isn't enough to help babies. WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Sherryl Roberts said, "Formula itself is not going to provide the same antibodies, the same circumstances, the same live agents in there - the same requirements for those babies. It's just not the same."
According to their report:
"Premature infants are at a higher risk for disease and death when their immature systems digest artificial baby formula. Pre-term infants fed easily digested human milk are ten times less likely to develop devastating intestinal diseases. They have better brain development, require shorter hospitalization and get fewer infection than infants fed formula."
The process of donating milk is similar to donating blood. Healthy breast-feeding women first undergo a health screening, then drop off their frozen excess milk at the bank. The milk is then picked up, pasteurized, tested and given to hospitalized babies in need.
The bank is located at 1700 Third Street and, it operates Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.
You can contact the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas at (817)810-0071, the Wichita Falls Health Department WIC office at (940)761-7948 or at their web site texasmilkbank.org