In partnership with the Mother’s Milk Bank, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s Lactation Services Department will
host a Donor Breast Milk Drive on Thursday, August 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The drive is in support of National Breast Feeding Awareness Month during August.
Only frozen milk can be accepted during the drive, to take place at Henry Mayo’s Fitness and Health Center at 24525 Town Center Drive, Valencia 91355.
While human breast milk is beneficial for all newborns, it is especially helpful for at-risk premature infants who are in neonatal intensive care units.
Because of its immunologic components, breast milk offers protection from potentially life-threatening infections while providing optimal nutrition and promotion of growth and healing of tissue.
If mothers are not able to supply the amount of breast milk needed to support their babies in the NICU, outside sources, such as a milk bank, become life-savers.
“We are very pleased to offer local moms the opportunity to donate their extra milk to babies in need,” said May Beth Sweet, Lactation Program Coordinator at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “We are so grateful to our donors who are providing human milk to help nourish and support the tiniest NICU babies across our state. It really does take a village.”
Donor screenings will be available at the Center.
For more information, visit henrymayo.com/lactationservices or call 661-200-1515.
About Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is a 238-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital serving the Santa Clarita Valley since 1975. Henry Mayo is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and a STEMI Receiving Center. The hospital features state-of-the-art inpatient facilities, a neonatal intensive care unit, catheterization lab, infusion center, breast center and an outpatient surgery center. Additional services include cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, maternity, surgery, nursing, wound care, spine and joint, behavioral health, and acute rehab, as well as cancer, imaging, lab, digestive, respiratory services and physical and occupational therapies. Currently under construction is a new patient tower that will provide up to 142 additional patient beds. It’s scheduled to be open for public use later in 2019. Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is located at 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355-2083. For more information, visit henrymayo.com or call 661-200-2000.