Children’s & Women’s new Milk Room is a boon to mothers and babies
To a mother, few things are as crucial as the milk her baby will receive from his very first feeding, onward. But for mothers whose babies have special needs—or those who can’t breastfeed when their babies need to—nutrition can become complicated.
That’s where the Milk Room at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital comes into play.
The Milk Room opened on the 8th floor of the new C&W in December, and is the only formula and breast milk operation open 24/7 in a children’s hospital. After moms bring their milk to the Milk Room, it is inventoried into a database, stored in secure freezers and refrigerators, handled and delivered twice daily to refrigerators in the patient rooms.
“In general, about 40 percent of our babies use the Milk Room in some capacity directly related to breast milk storage and/or preparation every day,” says Emily Yagiela, R.D., Milk Room supervisor. “In the entire C&W, we serve 50-60% of the total population on a daily basis including neonatal, infant and pediatric patients. From failure-to-thrive babies to those with renal failure, cardiology issues and more, we serve them all.” Read the rest of this entry »