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2019 Novel Coronavirus
Updated Statement as of 3.16.20
Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is committed to assuring the safety of our employees, recipients and milk supply. As always, our goal is to protect milk by keeping our staff healthy and our workspace clean and free of pathogens. We will continue to process and dispense milk to the fragile recipients in our region
As we follow the emerging information about COVID-19, our policies will remain flexible and responsive. Beginning March 16, 2020, we are temporarily suspending tours, volunteer programs and student activities.
Northwest Mothers Milk Bank will continue to screen new donors and receive milk donations from approved milk donors. Please check our website for the current milk Drop Sites available in your community as some Milk Drops are experiencing temporary restrictions. Please contact us for a prepaid shipping container if you prefer to ship your milk directly from your home.
Breastfeeding offers the best protection against many illnesses. Breastfeeding mothers are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
Our donor screening staff are Board Certified Lactation Consultants and are available to answer your questions and address your concerns about breastfeeding your baby. You are welcome to contact them by phone or email: 800-204-4444 or email@example.com
We look forward to resuming our normal operations, but until then, please stay safe and be kind. We are all in this together!
As of 3.1.20
Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB), along with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. NWMMB remains dedicated to providing safe donor human milk to infants in need throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Screening criteria for milk donors are rigorous and designed to protect the incoming supply of donated milk.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now provided interim guidance for women who are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are persons -under-investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 and are currently breastfeeding. Click here to read CDC's recommendation for breastfeeding mothers.
Approved milk donors who have milk ready to donate may contact NWMMB to request a shipping box be sent directly to your home in lieu of using one of our hospital-based Milk Drop partners during this time. Please call us at 800-204-4444 or 503-469-0955 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, including tips on how to stay healthy, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
Due to two recent studies comparing Holder Pasteurization and Retort Process, HMBANA and Northwest Mothers Milk Bank continues to believe Holder Pasteurization is the superior method to pasteurize donor human milk due to the gentle heat processing that kills viruses and bacteria but protects the unique and precious components of human milk.
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