New breast milk donation site opens in Tallahassee

Capitol Area Health Coalition has partnered with the Mother’s Milk Bank of Florida to open a milk depot for local maternal donors to drop off breast milk.
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 4:16 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 6:13 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A new breast milk donation site has been opened in east Tallahassee.

Capitol Area Health Coalition has partnered with the Mother’s Milk Bank of Florida to open a milk depot for local maternal donors to drop off breast milk they don’t need for nourishment.

Executive Director Chris Szorcsik of the Healthy Start Coalition said they were contacted by the milk bank for a local donation site for the Tallahassee area.

“They have several coordinators in Miami and at one point there was a coordinator who drove all the way from Miami to collect the local milk from our donors,” Szorcsik said.

The milk bank launched last week, which was during World Breast Feeding Week, and have received one donation of 4 gallons of milk.

About 11 percent of babies were born prematurely in Leon and Wakulla counties, Szorcsik said in 2020. The breast milk they can collect through donations will provide needed nutrients for those babies when “moms can’t produce milk.”

“Whether it’s the stress of having a premature baby, or something medically going on with them the donor’s milk really becomes a lifeline for these sick babies,” Szorcsik said.

Once donations have been received, the milk bank contacts the Mother’s Milk Bank of Florida to pick up their donations and take them through a testing process to ensure the milk is safe. From there the milk is dispersed to recipient sites at the local neonatal intensive care units at hospitals.

“We make sure the milk is pasteurized and has the right nutrient content that is needed,” Szorcsik said.

Donors can drop off milk at their office location on 1311 N Paul Russel Rd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donors have been asked to contact the coalition office at 850-488-0288 to schedule a drop-off time for donations.

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