Breastfeeding Matters in Kamloops
Donor milk is always in short supply.
Breastfeeding Matters in Kamloops has been working with BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank to establish a Milk Depot in the Kamloops area. This would be a permanent location where screened donors could drop off their frozen milk and it would be shipped to the Milk Bank on a regular basis. Royal Inland Hospital would have access to frozen Human Donor Milk on a regular basis for at-risk preterm infants.
BMIK held their first Milk Drive in May of 2016. To date we have sent 413 pounds of Human Donor Milk for BC Women's Milk Bank. All this wonderful donation came from dedicated volunteer mothers in our community. Think of what we could accomplish with a depot here and more donors.
BMIK will be holding another Milk Drive March/April 2018, Drop location Lizzie Bits, 665 Victoria St, 10 am to 12 noon. Pick up available contact BMIK on facebook. If you want to be a donor, get screened and start pumping. Let us know by registering with this form.
What is a milk drive?
BMIK has collected over 500 pounds of of Human Donor Milk in 5 Milk Drives and shipped it to BC Women’s Provincial Milk Bank.
Milk from a baby’s own mother is always the first choice. When her milk isn’t available, donor milk is the next best thing. Donor milk has active beneficial properties and is similar to mother’s own milk. It provides babies with antibodies to fight disease and infection. Human milk is best for all babies. It is especially important for sick and very tiny babies.
Human Donor Milk:
Reduces the risk of NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis) by 79%
Helps baby’s brain grow faster
Lowers the risk of infection
Supports the immature immune system
“Knowing that someone had taken the time to pump precious breast milk to share with my family, in a time of need, was the best gift I had ever been given.”
How can I participate?
Do you have more milk than your baby needs?
Are you healthy? Not taking any medications?
Then you could be a donor.
Pump, label and freeze your extra milk.
Contact BC Womens Human Milk Bank to be screened.
Let BMIK know that you are a donor and collecting with this form.
You will be contacted with the drop off date, time ad location.
HELP US GET MORE HUMAN MILK TO PRETERM BABIES!