Breastfeeding moms help support premature babies with new "Milk Drop" in Walnut Hills

Breastfeeding moms help support premature babies with new "Milk Drop" in Walnut Hills (WKRC)

WALNUT HILLS, Ohio (WKRC) - There is a new partnership in the Tri-State that could help moms who have premature babies.

Breast milk is considered the gold standard for nutrition for babies, but since not all moms are able to breastfeed, a new “Milk Drop” opened in Walnut Hills.

At the grand opening on Tuesday, the Union Institute and University officially announced its services. It's a partnership with the Ohio Mothers Milk Bank.

It is one of just two in now in Cincinnati.

Moms who have extra milk can drop it off. It is then pasteurized, cultured and shipped to hospitals in the local area, and across the countries, mainly for babies who are premature.

It allows moms, who are able to pump extra breast milk, to be screened to see if they are healthy volunteers.

Local 12 photojournalist James Harrison talked to a mom, who is also a pediatrician who brought in her own milk for donation on Tuesday.

“It gives it to the most vulnerable infants, and ever since my daughter was born, I was really lucky to have excess breast milk and so it was just a great cause to be able to donate to other babies,” said Dr. Michelle Burch, a donating mother and physician.

Union Institute and University has Maternal Health Education Degrees, so this is considered an extension of some of what they do.

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