Tri-County Health Care Opens Local Milk Depot In Wadena


PROPOSAL AND PLANS TO HOLD A HEARING ON IT ON MONDAY.>>DENNIS: TRI-COUNTY HEALTH CARE HAS PARTNERED WITH THE MINNESOTA MILK BANK FOR BABIES TO OPEN A LOCAL MILK DEPOT IN WADENA SO THAT MOTHERS WITH EXTRA BREAST MILK CAN SAFELY SHARE THEIR GIFT WITH INFANTS IN NEED. CHANTELLE CALHOUN HAS THE STORY.>>TRI-COUNTY HEALTH CARE IS THE 15th LOCATION IN THE STATE TO RECEIVE THE MILK DEPOT WHERE MOTHERS CAN DONATE THEIR BREAST MILK AFTER A SCREENING PROCESS.>>STARTED ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO WITH THE PROCESS OF FILLING OUT ALL THE PAPERWORK AND EVERYTHING, AND JUST RECENTLY HAD OUR GRAND OPENING WHERE WE HAD OUR FIRST DONOR COME AND DONATE HER MILK AND HAD A REPRESENTATIVE FROM OUR MILK BANK, WHICH IS MINNESOTA MILK BANK FOR BABIES, OUT OF GOLDEN VALLEY HERE AS WELL. THAT WAS PRETTY EXCITING FOR US.>>THE DONATIONS GO TO SICK AND PREMATURE BABIES AND DONORS CAN DROP OFF THEIR FROZEN MILK WITH LACTATION CONSULTANTS.>>ANYONE WHO WISHES TO BECOME A DONOR, THEY WOULD CONTACT MINNESOTA MILK BANK FOR BABIES AND THEN THEY WILL DO A VERBAL SCREENING OVER THE PHONE. IF YOU MEET THOSE CRITERIA, THEN THEY WILL SEND YOU OUT SOME PAPERWORK IN THE MAIL, AND THERE THERE’S SOME BLOOD WORK THAT YOU NEED TO DO AS WELL TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MILK IS SAFE FOR A PREMATURE BABY. THEN ONCE YOU HAVE BECOME AN APPROVED DONOR, THEN YOU’LL GET A DONOR NUMBER AND THEN YOU CAN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO DROP OFF YOUR MILK HERE AT OUR MILK DEPOT.>>STAFF MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DONATE BECAUSE IT CAN IMPROVE A NEWBORN’S HEALTH AND POTENTIALLY LESSEN THEIR TIME IN THE HOSPITAL.>>I JUST GOT BACK FROM MATERNITY LEAVE LAST WEEK. I HAVE A THREE-MONTH-OLD LITTLE GIRL, AND I FOUND OUT THROUGH THE MILK BANK OF MINNESOTA, THROUGH SARAH, OUR LB MANAGER, AND SHE JUST KIND OF EXPLAINED THIS OPPORTUNITY THAT WE WERE GETTING A MILK BANK HERE IN TOWN. JUST RECENTLY WENT THROUGH THE DONOR PROCESS AND I’M GOING TO BE DONATING SOME MILK. I THINK IT’S PRETTY COOL THAT OUR SMALL RURAL COMMUNITY CAN HAVE SUCH A PLACE FOR WOMEN TO DONATE EXTRA MILK AND IT GOES TO SUCH A GREAT CAUSE.>>REPORTING IN WADENA, CHANTELLE CALHOUN, LAKELAND NEWS.>>DENNIS: TRI-COUNTY HEALTH CARE HAS BEEN NAMED A BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY WORKPLACE PROVIDING LACTATION SUPPORT

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