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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2017

Contact:    Lisa Kitchen Butt
                  The Milk Bank
                  (317) 777-7982
                  lbutt@themilkbank.org

Perry County Health Department in Pinckneyville, IL  and The Milk Bank partner to open new  Milk Depot

Local health Department will now accept human milk donations for The Milk Bank, Indianapolis, IN.

Pinckneyville, IL—The Perry County Health Department in Pinckneyville is partnering with The Milk Bank to open a new milk depot in Illinois. This milk collection site provides a convenient drop off for women to donate their extra breast milk for processing at The Milk Bank. The milk delivers to fragile infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units. The two organizations will celebrate with a grand opening  on Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 p.m.(CST), The public is invited.

The Perry County Health Department is located at 904 S. Main St., Pinckneyville.

The Perry County milk depot joins four other milk depots in Illinois.  A milk depot is an accessible place for women to drop off their milk before it is shipped to The Milk Bank for pasteurization and distribution.  Milk depots make the formal donating process more convenient.

“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,” stated Janice O’Rourke, Executive Director of The Milk Bank.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human milk is the standard food for all infants including premature and sick infants. Human milk provides optimal nutrition and unique health benefits that last beyond infancy.

Mothers who are interested in donating milk can call to set up a phone consultation with The Milk Bank’s donor mother coordinator.  Individuals then follow up with a written questionnaire and a blood draw at a local lab, all at The Milk Bank’s expense.  

The Milk Bank is a community-supported, not-for-profit organization that launched in 2005. The Milk Bank believes that human milk is best for all babies, and through the generosity of mothers, careful screening, and processing, provides human milk to fragile premature babies in neonatal/newborn intensive care units. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. For more information regarding The Milk Bank’s mission, core programs and donation opportunities, visit themilkbank.org or call (317) 536-1670.

Perry County Health Department supports breastfeeding mothers in many ways. We offer breastfeeding services that include: knowledgeable CLC’s, affordable pump rental as well as pumps that insurance provides from private and medical card insurances, we have a facebook page called Perry County Breastfeeding support and Breastfeding peer counselors to aid lactating mothers at all times. You can access these services if you live Perry County, IL. Please call 618-357-5371 ext. 106