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Funding used for donor breast milk program

DANVILLE – The benefits of breastfeeding for a newborn child have been well documented: easier digestion, better development, stronger immune system. However, some new mothers’ breast milk might not be available or there might not be enough to feed her new baby.

That’s why Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital offers a Donor Milk Program, which provides human breast milk to babies in need, provided by a woman other than the baby’s mother. The program is funded by Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

“Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for newborns, especially for premature and seriously ill infants,” said Constance Andrejko, D.O., Neonatologist at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Donated milk is supplied through the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, which screens and processes the milk and sends it to hospitals. Babies can receive donor milk while in the hospital. If a mother’s milk is still not available at the time of discharge, the baby will begin formula before going home.

“The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital is grateful for the support of Children’s Miracle Network for funding of this program, which will improve the lives of our most fragile patients,” Dr. Andrejko said.

For additional information, please contact Mike McMullen at 814.949.2302 or