North State Breastfeeding Coalition hosts milk drive

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SHASTA COUNTY – The North State Breastfeeding Coalition is sponsoring its second annual breastmilk donation drive to help the most vulnerable infants in our community. Women can learn about breastmilk donation, get screened to be a donor and donate frozen breastmilk at the event. It only takes a quarter of an ounce of breastmilk to help a premature baby thrive. All breastmilk donated through this event goes to Mother’s Milk Bank of San Jose, a safe, certified human milk donation center that works throughout Northern California.

Milk can be given at no cost to the donor and without the need to travel to San Jose. The breastmilk donation drive will be held on Friday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Redding Rancheria Tribal Health Center Lassen Conference Room located at 1441 Liberty St. in Redding.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding through the first year of a child’s life. Many vulnerable infants face medical risks and even life-threatening digestion conditions that can be addressed only with human milk. Although it is a small percentage, some moms are unable to breastfeed their children due to a variety of physical issues. If their baby is premature or has other health issues, the problem becomes more serious. These mothers can get a prescription and work with Mother’s Milk Bank of San Jose to receive milk.

“The current demand for donated milk is greater than the supply, which is why we need help from local mothers to donate,” said Kristi Richey, the Shasta County HHSA Regional Breastfeeding Liaison. “Mothers who donate at this event will be providing a lifesaving gift.”

To learn more about Mother’s Milk Bank, visit mothersmilk.org. For more information about Shasta County HHSA programs that support breastfeeding, visit shastahhsa.net.