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Published on December 15, 2014

Waccamaw Community Hospital partners with MUSC to become local milk depot for breast milk

Monday, December 15, 2014

Area breastfeeding moms who want to donate their surplus breast milk can now do so at Waccamaw Community Hospital through a milk bank at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The South Carolina Donor Human Milk Bank, housed at MUSC, has partnered with Waccamaw to be a depot where moms can take their milk.

“We are delighted to be able to participate in such an important program with MUSC,” said Cheryl Kilbourne, director of women and children’s services at Waccamaw. “Study after study has shown that breast milk is the most nourishing food that a newborn can have. Breast milk is even more important for premature babies to thrive. We are eager to work with moms who want, and are able, to provide milk to out tiniest and most vulnerable population.”  

Waccamaw, which was the first hospital in the Palmetto State to earn the prestigious Baby Friendly designation that emphasizes breast feeding, is one of five depots around the state that will be accepting breast milk. With encouragement and support from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, through the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative, MUSC and depot hospital locations are working to ensure that the SC Donor Human Milk Bank decreases the costs of providing breast milk to babies weighing less than three pounds as they receive care in neonatal intensive care units.

To donate milk, moms must complete an interview and screening process. In addition, the milk will go through a screening and pasteurization process to guarantee the safety and quality of the milk before it makes it to those who need it most.

For more information on donating milk at Waccamaw, moms can call 843-652-1806.

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