What is the Milk Depot at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center?
Many mothers who give birth prematurely are not able to breastfeed. A good alternative for these mothers and their babies is pasteurized donor human milk, which contains antibodies to fight disease and infection and can help lead to better outcomes for preterm babies.
The Milk Depot at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center serves as a satellite storage facility for the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center. Accredited in 2018 by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist is the first and only facility in Louisiana to receive this accreditation.
The Milk Depot at Ochsner Lafayette General provides temporary safe storage of donated milk from approved donors, a generous gift to the families of fragile babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Donors who have been approved by the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana can drop off their frozen human milk at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center. All donated milk will be sent to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist, where it is processed and pasteurized. The pasteurized donor human milk is then sent to hospitals across Louisiana to help delicate newborns get healthy.