Cleveland Breastmilk Donation Site

CLEVELAND (WJW) — A new effort to help local mothers feed their babies is growing in northeast Ohio.

Preparations are underway at Cleveland’s Neighborhood Family Practice for a new breast milk donation site that will open Tuesday morning.

“Over time, it appeared on the radar that Cleveland really didn’t have access to donating milk,” said Lauren Lasko, director of breastfeeding medicine at Neighborhood Family Practice.

According to Lasko, the drop-off site on Ridge Road will house a freezer to store milk donated by pre-screened donors. The donated milk will then be transferred to the OhioHealth Milk Bank in Columbus at no cost to the donor.

Lasko said the Cleveland site will not distribute directly to local families.

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“It’s really for medically fragile infants, premature babies. But if we can get enough people to donate and contribute, we may have more opportunities down the road than more people who need this supplementation. or who prefer human milk,” Lasko said.

The Cleveland site is OhioHealth’s 20th milk drop-off location in Ohio, and donated milk is distributed nationwide to babies in need. This new drop-off location comes as some families are still struggling to find formula.

“It was thought potentially that more people would hoard breast milk. People are amazing. The milk bank told me they had more donations than ever. And that’s really the start for people to realize how crucial milk donation is,” Lasko said.

Interested donors are encouraged to email [email protected] or call (614) 566-0630 to arrange a screening phone interview.

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