Donations are up at local breast milk drop off location

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 8/30/2013 10:21 pm Published: 8/30/2013 10:11 pm

Many experts say that breast milk is the gold standard in nutrition for infants. The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank opened in Oklahoma City three months ago and since then a new drop off location has opened in Tulsa.

The Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest is currently accepting breast milk donations. Board Members of the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank told FOX23 that they have seen a huge response in a short period of time from mother’s who are donating locally.

“Earlier this week we transported 1100 ounces of breast milk to Oklahoma City,” said Board president of Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank, Anne Darnell Gillingham. 

Darnell Gillingham told FOX23 that two ice coolers were transported to Oklahoma City to be screened before the holiday weekend.

“Human milk, even if it isn’t from the babies’ mother is what we call liquid gold, “said Darnell Gillingham.

Mothers who want to donate to the milk bank must be screen via a phone interview, questionnaire, blood test and input from an OBGYN.

Darnell Gillingham said that she is grateful that the new milk bank and donation site is available for mothers who want to utilize it.

“Oklahoma milk can now stay here and help Oklahoma babies.’

Milk will be sold for $4 an ounce and will only be available for babies being treated in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Darnell Gillingham's nonprofit has also partnered up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. They are working to establish this facility as an additional drop off spot.

Milk will be sold for $4 an ounce and will only be available for babies being treated

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