September 20

Tennessee Will Soon Have Their Breast Milk Bank in Nashville


Tennessee Will Soon Have Their Breast Milk Bank in Nashville 1

Breast milk is a thing that can make a difference between life and death for premature babies. That’s the reason why a Nashville non-profit group wants to make sure local moms have access to it.

Banks for breast milk are similar to blood banks. Currently, they only exist in several states across the country, but not in Tennessee. The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee is working to bring the first location to Nashville.

The group currently oversees donation depots, which are sites where donated breast milk can be dropped off. At Nashville General Hospital, around 50 donors have contributed 38,000 ounces if milk sing 2016.

Donors must complete an application, be screened and approved, and complete necessary lab work. Each donation is frozen and then shipped to an existing milk bank in Austin, Texas where it is pasteurized. The process kills viruses and preserves the nutrients in the milk. It is then sold to hospitals.

Mother’s Milk Bank of Tennessee wants to acquire the necessary equipment so the pasteurization process can be completed in Nashville, and the donated milk can help local moms with high-risk newborns.

“The focus is mainly on babies that are very tiny and less than 3.5 pounds,” said Dr. Susan Campbell, the co-founder of Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee.  “Imagine what we could do in Tennessee if we had our own milk bank, and send the milk to Vanderbilt, Centennial, and Saint Thomas Midtown.”

Coordinate donations at Nashville General Hospital.  She said moms drop off the frozen milk, and she moves it to the freezer.  The entire process just takes a few minutes, and each donation can make a big difference for moms who aren’t able to produce their own milk.

“Formula companies have come a long way and are making a better product, but it’s not the same as the real thing,” said McMahon.  “It’s huge for the new moms, and for the moms who donate.  They feel good knowing they are helping a baby thrive.”

Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee also oversees donation depots in Memphis and Pulaski.  The group hopes to add additional sites in Columbia and Hendersonville.

The goal is to have the Milk Bank up and running in about a year.  Now the group is focusing on fundraising to get the necessary money to buy equipment for the pasteurizing process.


Nashville, Tennessee

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

You may also like

Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation’s Goal is to Help Empty Nashville Animal Shelter

“The Dukes of Hazzard” to Celebrate Anniversary in Nashville

Celebrating His 85th Birthday: All About Bob Moore’s Bass

California Wildlife Rescue: Devin Dawson Raises $12K for a Cause

Joey Hendricks Breaks Through in Country Music’s Circle

Maren Morris and Luke Bryan on Country’s Women and Sexuality

Latest Stories

“From a Distance” Is The Song of Hope and Peace We All Need Today

How “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” Made Jerry Reed One of the Hottest-Selling Acts  

Ricky Skaggs Mesmerized CMA Viewers With His Version of “There Goes My Everything” 

Tim McGraw Wants To Be With That One Special Someone In The Song “Shotgun Rider”

Wondering What Will Happen “In The Year 2525?” Zager & Evans Got Some Idea

Did You Know Merle Haggard’s “Kentucky Gambler” Was Written by Another Superstar?

Subscribe to our newsletter now!

Country Thang Daily