Breast milk for babies in need.
Sharp Mary Birch's Mothers’ Milk Bank serves premature babies and others in need by providing breast milk that has been donated by carefully screened, healthy nursing mothers who have an extra supply. Sharp provides a collection station for the mothers and ships the frozen donations to the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Valley Medical Center for pasteurization. The pasteurized milk is then shipped back to Sharp Mary Birch for distribution to babies in need.
Breast milk benefits premature babies like no other food because:
- Human milk causes the intestines to mature faster
- Human milk empties from the stomach faster
- Human milk-fed infants have less blood infection and preemie eye disease
- Infants fed human milk tend to spend fewer days in the hospital
Besides premature babies, other recipients have included babies, children and adults with the following health needs:
- Allergies or sensitivities to formulas
- Cancer chemotherapy patients
- Failure to thrive (FTT)
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Immune deficiencies
- Malabsorption syndromes
- Postsurgical nutrition
- Short gut syndrome
- Solid organ transplants (including adults)
For More Information
If you would like to donate breast milk, please call the Mothers' Milk Bank in San Jose, Calif., at 408-998-4550.
If you have questions about the donor breast milk program at Sharp Mary Birch, please call the New Beginnings Boutique at 858-939-4127 or the Lactation Office at 858-939-4140.