• Kate Morrow, WCU Dietetic Intern

Breast Milk Health Benefits and What to Do if You Do Not Have Milk

Sometimes providing healthy nutrition for ourselves and our families requires a little creativity. We know that breastmilk contains the perfect balance of nutrition for your baby, including the nutrients and fluids needed for growth. It can also protect babies against many types of infections and conditions:

  • Digestive infections, Necrotizing enterocolitis

  • Ear infections

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Skin infections

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Asthma

  • Obesity later in life

Breastmilk promotes brain development in babies and can also help protect mom against the following conditions:

  • Postpartum hemorrhage

  • Postpartum depression

  • Hypertension

  • Cancer

  • Breast cancer

Breast milk sounds like the perfect food for babies and a great way to prepare your child for a lifetime of health! But what can you do if a medical condition prevents you from providing breastmilk for your child? What if you’ve adopted a newborn? What if your baby was born prematurely and your supply isn’t yet providing for the needs of your bundle of joy? Your baby may be able to receive donor milk from a milk bank! These facilities, such as the WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank, screen and pasteurize milk from mothers generous enough to donate their excess breast milk.

Mothers with more milk than their babies require can call 919-350-8599 to donate milk and help out babies in need. Strict procedures make sure that this liquid gold is safe and all shipping materials are provided. Those looking for milk for their child can speak with their doctor or call 919-350-8599 to establish outpatient milk. Please visit

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Have questions about accessing breastfeeding help during this time? For information on Breastfeeding Resources via Telehealth, see the information posted on the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition

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