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Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist

As a leader in neonatal care, obstetrics, and maternal fetal medicine, Ochsner Baptist understands the critical importance of human milk in development that cannot be duplicated by formula. Mother’s milk is especially crucial to vulnerable premature babies and significantly decreases the odds of life-threatening complications and infections. A significant number of preemie moms are not able to breastfeed. Donated human milk is the next best option.

The Depot

The Mothers' Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist is a developing donor human milk bank. Our processing facility is not built yet, but we currently have a milk collection depot at Ochsner Baptist, where approved donors can bring their frozen breast milk. Donated milk will be sent to the Mother's Milk Bank at Austin for processing until our milk bank is fully developed. Pasteurized donor milk will then be sent to the hospitals that need milk for their tiny babies. 

Screening

Mothers who would like to donate should contact Laura at the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin by calling 512-494-0800 or emailing laurat@milkbank.org.

Mothers will be screened at the milk bank’s expense.

About the Milk Bank

The Mothers' Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist will collect, process and provide donor human milk to premature and sick babies who need human milk to thrive.  There are currently only 19 non-profit milk banks in United States. Ochsner Baptist seeks to become the first in the state of Louisiana.

We have been accepted into the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) as a developing milk bank. We are currently raising funds to establish and support the Mothers' Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist. If you are interested in making a gift to help bring this important resource to Louisiana, contact Traci Lucas at 504-894-2017 or traci.lucas@ochsner.org.

To read more about the donation process, visit the Milk Bank at Austin website: http://www.milkbank.org/donate-milk/.

Once screening is complete, donors will receive an ID number and will be able to conveniently drop off milk donations at Ochsner Baptist. 

Milk Donations Drop Off Information

  • Drive through drop off available from 7:30am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) with the valet on the 2nd floor of the Jena garage at Ochsner Baptist
  • Outside of valet drop off hours, the Ochsner Baptist NICU unit front desk will accept drop offs. They are located on the 5th floor of the Clara Building are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • All milk needs to be clearly labeled with the dates pumped and donor’s name and identification number.
  • Frozen milk containers grouped into grocery bags should have an identification card in the bag, we have identification cards available at the depot or you can print at home using this file: Donor Identification Cards.

For questions related to the depot, please call Jennifer or Liz at 504-703-6455 (MILK).

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