On Thursday, August 16th, The Milk Bank celebrated the opening of the 7th milk depot in Illinois at the Lawrence County Health Department in Lawrenceville. Amy Marley, Director of Public Health, and Jayla Rinsch, Public Health Nurse and program coordinator, connected with The Milk Bank team in June and moved forward with opening the milk depot in July.

Milk depots provide a convenient and more accessible place for donors to bring their extra breast milk for processing and pasteurization at The Milk Bank. Then, the pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) is delivered to fragile infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri.

“The milk bank hopes to continue forging partnerships with organizations throughout the Midwest to make the process of human milk donation easier for donor moms and families, while also helping to support breastfeeding in local communities,” says Janice O’Rourke, Executive Director of The Milk Bank.

The Milk Bank prioritizes building relationships with hospitals, clinics, and social service agencies in rural areas to ensure that families living outside of metropolitan centers have equitable access to local milk depots, infant and maternal care, breastfeeding resources and assistance, and a community of fellow parents.

To learn more about our milk depots, check our website!