CORALVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) – Leaders with the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa say there is a serious shortage of breast milk in their facility- and they are looking for donors who can help meet an increasing demand both in the state and across the country.
Jean Drulis, the co-founder and director of the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa says they typically go through more than 1,000 ounces of milk per day, preparing available milk and then transporting it where it is needed. Drulis said most of that milk ends up going to babies that are born early. The milk bank operates through the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where about twenty percent of the milk ends up.
According to a recent study from the March of Dimes, about one in ten babies in Iowa (9.9%) are born premature; that rate marks the highest its been in the last ten years. Drulis said a large amount of the milk at their facility goes to helping babies in newborn intensive care units, since often times mothers are not yet producing their own milk.
For those that visit the facility, they might see coolers and freezers filled with milk, but Drulis said looks can prove deceiving; the milk bank only has enough milk at this point to run on a “day-by-day” basis. Drulis said its their goal to increase awareness to bring the totals up to help more…