Dupont Hospital and The Milk Bank will be celebrating the official opening of Allen County’s first Donor Milk Express (DMX) site August 4th. The Milk Bank’s DMX program allows families of infants to purchase up to 40 ounces of pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) without a prescription. Quick access to PDHM allows parents of healthy newborns to supplement with human milk instead of formula, providing babies with a healthy start and parents with peace of mind. DMX is available to help bridge the gap between leaving the hospital and a successful breastfeeding routine.
Additionally, the two organizations will be hosting a milk drive for lactating women that are interested in donating their extra milk the same afternoon from 12:00PM until 3:00PM. Potential milk donors must complete pre-registration information found here. After registering the donor will receive a call from one of The Milk Bank’s donor coordinators with additional information and will be scheduled for an appointment. The donors are instructed to call a representative from The Milk Bank when they arrive for their appointment.
Both events will take place at Dupont Hospital’s Dupont Resource Center, 2514 E Dupont Rd, Suite 210, Ft. Wayne, IN 46825.
The Milk Bank’s Executive Director, Freedom Kolb, “The Milk Bank is thrilled to expand our partnership with Dupont Hospital. Their commitment to improving lifesaving access to human milk is essential to advancing public health throughout the northern Indiana region. We are so proud to collaborate in the fight against infant mortality.”
In the absence of an infant’s own mother’s milk, pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) offers many of the same benefits, such as optimal nutrition, easy digestibility, and immunologic protection against organisms and diseases. The Milk Bank aims to encourage breastfeeding mothers and provide PDHM for any infant or child with medical necessity.
About The Milk Bank The Milk Bank was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for children and decrease health care expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout the United States. As a non-profit, community-supported entity, The Milk Bank is the first and only donor human milk bank in Indiana. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
About Lutheran Health Network: The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is built on an experienced team of more than 7,000 employees working together with the more than 800 physicians who compose its medical staffs. The network’s more than 100 access points in northern Indiana include physician offices, urgent care clinics, outpatient centers and eight hospitals. Dupont Hospital is owned in part by physicians. For more information about Dupont Hospital, please visit www.theduponthospital.com.