Monday, May 07, 2012

Second donor human milk distribution site opens in New York State

New York State now has a second distribution site for donor human milk. Phelps Memorial receives and distributes pasteurized milk shipped from the WakeMed Mothers' Milk Bank in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is the only HMBANA milk bank licensed in New York State. The storage facility at Phelps in Sleepy Hollow was made possible by a donation from the Westchester/Putman/Rockland Consortium. The Phelps Memorial facility joins the  community-based Hudson Valley Milk Bank which also receives milk from WakeMed, although it is not listed as a developing milk bank on HMBANA's website.

At a cost of $5 an ounce, human milk is now available for newborns at the hospital.
May 4, 2012
The following is an announcement from Phelps Memorial Hospital Center:
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has recently been licensed by the New York State Department of Health to receive, store and issue donor human milk.. 
... Phelps will obtain milk from one of two facilities, WakeMed, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, that processes the milk, or Hudson Valley Milk Bank in Irvington, that also obtains milk from WakeMed. The milk is pasteurized at WakeMed and shipped to Phelps in a frozen state....
Westchester Putnam Rockland Lactation Consortium donated money to purchase the freezer, temperature probe and an initial supply of milk. Phelps plans to apply for a grant and will assume any additional costs to continue the program.... more