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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Local mom helps at-risk newborns

  • When it comes to producing milk for their newborns, some mothers’ bodies seem to overproduce milk from the very beginning. Julie Garrison, of Chillicothe, noticed she was able to pump large volumes of milk for her newborn Eli while she went back to work at Chillicothe Correctional Center. The Correctional Center recentl...
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  • When it comes to producing milk for their newborns, some mothers’ bodies seem to overproduce milk from the very beginning.
    Julie Garrison, of Chillicothe, noticed she was able to pump large volumes of milk for her newborn Eli while she went back to work at Chillicothe Correctional Center. The Correctional Center recently accepted assistance from the Livingston County Health Center to add a lactation pumping room for their employees who return to work and still want to continue breastfeeding.
    The funding for the grant was made possible through the Missouri Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Program and the Livingston County Obesity Prevention Project. The Correctional Center designated a private room for the breastfeeding moms. The Livingston County Health Center also provided a small refrigerator for milk storage, a comfortable chair, a electric multi-user breast pump with individual pump kits and a small end table.
    Wondering what to do with all her milk that was slowly taking over her freezer space, Garrison contacted Livingston County Health Center Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Rachel Snider to see what her options were. Snider informed her of the donation program through Saint Luke’s Heart of America Mothers’ Milk Bank. The Milk Bank at Saint Luke’s launched in 2010. Saint Luke’s Heart of America Mothers’ Milk Bank, a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, is the 13th largest bank in the United States. The HMBANA promotes and supports safe, ethical, and cost-effective methods of collecting and processing donor milk. Since it began in 1986, HMBANA banks have an unblemished safety record.
    “When it comes to providing the nutrients newborns needs, there’s no replacement for human breast milk,” Snider said.
    When mother’s milk isn’t an option, pasteurized donor milk is far superior to formula. Studies show babies receiving donor milk compared to those on formula were less likely to suffer fatal conditions, had much lower rates of infection, spent less time in the hospital after birth, and were more likely to grow and thrive.
    Garrison said after reading about the benefits to the premature infants and how it protects them against a deadly intestinal disease, there was no question she knew she wanted to donate her breast milk.
    It took Garrison 17 days to pump 50 ounces a day and pack 7 milk bags into 12 gallon sized bags totaling 1,120 ounces to donate. In addition to the milk she is donating, she still has enough pumped milk for her son 7-month-old son Eli Garrison to last him until he is one year old.
    For more information about donating milk, breastfeeding or pumping, contact Rachel Snider at Livingston County Health Center 660-646-5506, or talk directly with Saint Luke’s Milk Bank at 816-932-4888.
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