AUSTIN -- Breast milk donations are needed at an Austin milk bank.
Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin said Wednesday that there isn't enough breast milk to feed newborn babies in neonatal intensive care units of Texas hospitals.
Officials say donations will most likely decrease over the holidays. Moms with surplus milk are being asked to donate as soon as possible.
“We are meeting just 50 percent of the need at present,” said certified nurse midwife and executive director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMBA) at Austin Kim Updegrove.
Updegrove adds that donation requests are coming from hospitals all over Texas, as well as 20 other states.
“Every baby needs breast milk,” milk donor Karly Eichenberger said. “But micro-premies really need it so that their bodies can benefit immediately from the antibodies and nutrients."
MMBA says they hope to serve the most vulnerable infants first. They will give them donated milk after it has been tested and pasteurized.
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