Doctor's office
Enter your doctor's name to get office information.
Find labs in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find labs in your network.
Find urgent care centers in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find urgent care centers in your network.
Driving Directions
Update Information
Forgot Password

Please enter your e-mail address.

Sharp Health News

Moms give the gift of health

July 27, 2017

Moms give the gift of health

Did you know that just three ounces of breastmilk can provide up to 12 feedings for a premature baby?

Each year in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns hosts a donor milk drive to support the health of their patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

While studies have shown that breastmilk provides a lifetime of health benefits for all babies, it is especially important for babies in the NICU as it serves as vital medicine to help fight infection and promote growth and development in premature infants.

In an effort to make breastmilk readily available to all babies in need, Sharp Mary Birch has partnered with the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank to facilitate donations from nursing mothers who have an excess supply.

Sharp HealthCare employee and donor mom, Jen Wojciechowski, has a daughter who spent time in the Sharp Mary Birch NICU, and understands how crucial breastmilk is for premature babies.

“My daughter Lucy was born at 27 weeks and because she was so premature she was unable to breastfeed on her own for several weeks. While I was unable to nurse right away, I understood the nutritional and medicinal value breastmilk has for premature babies and continued to pump daily to build up a large supply,” says Wojciechowski.

Wojciechowski explains that because Lucy was so tiny while she was in the NICU she was unable to consume all of the milk that was pumped. Donating her excess milk proved to be a great way to ensure none of it went to waste and also give back to other families in need.

“In general, having a sick infant makes you feel powerless as a parent. Continuing to pump and eventually donating my excess milk was something I felt I could actively do to make a difference for both my daughter and other babies in similar situations,” says Wojciechowski.

If you are interested in donating breastmilk, this year’s milk drive will be held on Monday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 am to 2 pm in front of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.

For the news media: To talk with a Sharp Mary Birch expert about the breastmilk drive for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

You might also like:

Choose the doctor who's right for you.

At Sharp, we make it easy to find an exceptional doctor — right where you live and work.

All Categories
Contact Sharp HealthCare
Call us


If this is a life- or limb-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Email us

Please do not use this form to convey personal or medical information.

How would you like to be contacted?
Date of Birth

Find other numbers

View our phone directory

What's This?

These important numbers are located on your billing statement.

Find your SHC#
SHC Number

Find your account number
Account Number

Lung Cancer Screening

Should you get a lung cancer screening? Answer a few simple questions to find out.

Have you ever smoked cigarettes?
Are you on Medicare or a Medicare HMO?