Some call it liquid gold. Breast milk has many advantages in helping babies grow. It can build immunity and mature intestinal tracts, provide vital nutrients and hormones, reduce infections, and so much more. Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford is proud to announce they are now receiving safe, pasteurized breast milk donated by Tennessee donor mothers and pasteurized by the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee. This milk will be primarily used to save the most vulnerable babies in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit NICU.
“As the NICU at St. Thomas Rutherford continues to grow, donor milk is one of the most valuable resources that we have available,” said Dr. Jason Parker, neonatal-perinatal physician at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Rutherford. “We can give premature infants the best nutrition for them when mother’s own milk is not available. By using donor milk supplied by Mother’s Milk Bank here in Rutherford County, St Thomas NICU is giving our most vulnerable infants the best start in life by improving digestive health and tolerance at a very crucial time.”
Every ounce counts. With resources like Milk From Mother’s Milk Bank of Tennessee, moms can access these essential resources to enable their babies to survive and thrive.