OBGYN, Pregnancy and Childbirth Care
Mothers' Milk Bank
Breast milk for babies in need.
At Sharp, in collaboration with the Mothers' Milk Bank, we are grateful and privileged to provide nourishing breast milk to premature infants and others with specialized health needs.
How it works.
At Sharp Chula Vista and Sharp Mary Birch, all of our breast milk comes from carefully screened, healthy nursing mothers who generously donate their extra supply. We provide a collection station for these mothers and ship the frozen donations to the Mothers' Milk Bank for pasteurization. The pasteurized milk is then shipped back to us for distribution to babies in need.
At Sharp Grossmont Hospital, we also receive donated, pasteurized breast milk that is carefully screened from the Mothers' Milk Bank for babies in need, but we are unable to collect donated milk.
How it helps.
Breast milk benefits premature babies like no other food because human milk empties from the stomach faster, causes the intestines to mature faster and decreases infant health issues — leading to less time spent in the hospital.
Human breast milk has helped many patients who struggle with health issues such as gastrointestinal problems, immune deficiencies, failure to thrive (FTT), malabsorption syndromes and more.
Find out more.
If you have questions about the breast-milk donation program at Sharp Chula Vista, please call our Lactation Office at 619-502-5848.
If you have questions about the use of donor breast milk at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, please call our Lactation Office at 619-740-4983.
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