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Northern Dutchess Hospital becomes breast milk donation depot

Posted: 7/30/2019

Breast milk donations are helping babies in need, including preemies and infants in neonatal intensive care units.

To make milk drop-offs convenient for local donors, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck recently became a Milk Depot for the New York Milk Bank. The Valhalla-based nonprofit collects milk from carefully screened donors, then pasteurizes and distributes it to hundreds of babies across the state.

“Our staff, and especially our lactation consultants, wanted to support our local milk donors,” said Kate DeSa, director of the Neugarten Family Birth Center at the hospital. “We now offer these donors a convenient location to drop off their precious gift to babies.”

The New York Milk Bank requires all donors go through a screening process before bringing milk to depots such as Neugarten. To find out how to become a donor, call the New York Milk Bank at 212-956-MILK (212-956-6455)./p>

Registered New York Milk Bank donors can call the birth center at 845-871-3355 to make an appointment to drop off their frozen milk.

To learn more about the hospital, visit www.healthquest.org/NDH (TTY: 800-421-1220).

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