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The Latest on Milk Banks

by The Editors Of Babytalk


The Latest on Milk Banks

Here’s how you can feed your baby breast milk even if you’re unable to nurse

Even if you’re unable to nurse, your baby may be able to receive the benefits of breast milk through a milk bank. The Human Milk Banking Association of North America collects women’s donated breast milk, processes it, and then ships it out to infants in need. Your baby may be eligible if she’s a preemie, is adopted, or has allergies or a medical condition such as a cleft lip, or if you’re unable to breastfeed for health reasons of your own. (Your pediatrician will need to give you a prescription.) Donated breast milk isn’t cheap — it’s as much as $3.50 per ounce — but your insurance may cover it. Learn more at hmbana.org.