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Community Anderson establishes human milk program

Community Hospital Anderson's New Generations Birth Place will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its newly established human milk program on Monday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. The event will include a brief program, tours of the OB unit and refreshments.

Affiliated with The Milk Bank, a nonprofit donor human milk bank located in Indianapolis, Community Hospital Anderson will now offer pasteurized milk available for newborns and a milk depot, a location where breastfeeding mothers can drop off donated milk.

Babies born at Community's New Generations Birth Place will now have access to donated human milk.

"Sometimes a mother is unable to breastfeed or just needs more milk than she is able to provide at the time," said Elizabeth Arnett, lactation consultant at Community Hospital Anderson. "Now our families have the option to choose donor milk if they would prefer to use that over formula."

Research shows that safe human milk offers the best health care outcomes for all infants, especially those who are ill or born premature. The Milk Bank follows strict screening, processing and dispensing guidelines to ensure the safety of pasteurized donor human milk.

The milk depot allows mothers to drop off their donated milk at Community Hospital Anderson. From there, it will be transported to the Milk Bank in Indianapolis to be screened and pasteurized before it is sent out to hospitals for use.