Donated breast milk helps NICU babies in Knoxville

Published: Dec. 16, 2019 at 4:39 PM EST
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Starting December 19, donors will be able to drop off breast milk at a second location in Knoxville.

According to a release from the Mothers' Milk Bank of Tennessee (MMBTN), the demand for human donor milk has risen for hospital neonatal intensive care units, and a new milk donation depot is opening in Knoxville to meet demand.

Amanda Patterson knows all about that demand. Her baby, Lydia, spent nearly a year in NICU at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. When she was born, Lydia weighed 445 grams.

Amanda said donated breast milk helped feed Lydia during her time in the hospital. "It gave her the nourishment that I couldn't give her at the time. I'm just so thankful.

The second depot is located at Contemporary Women's Health in Knoxville at 10031 Sherrill Boulevard and opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The first, located at Knoxville's Lactation Clinic,


MMBTN said the site is for dropping off milk only, not collecting milk.

Who can donate breast milk?

People who are currently breastfeeding infants under one year of age are eligible to be screened at no charge to become milk donors. Go


Reach out to 865-540-1650 to learn more.

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