Cayuga Health has announced Cayuga Birthplace at Cayuga Medical Center has received several donations which will help the facility continue to provide a high level of lactation support for its patients.
The donations made include donations from the Lactation Alliance for Tompkins County Health (LATCH) in the amount of $1,000 for the purchase of pasteurized donor human milk from a milk-bank and another $1,000 from the Cayuga Medical Center Auxiliary for a hospital-grade milk warmer.
An additional $2,000 was donated by the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation for the education of nurses to become Certified Lactation Counselors. All the donations will go towards helping newborns at the Cayuga Birthplace and infants at Cayuga Medical Center, which begins later this month.
“We are so grateful to LATCH for this generous donation, which will allow us to purchase our first orders of pasteurized human donor milk from the New York Milk Bank,” said CMC Lactation Coordinator Sharon Berger, RN, IBCLC. “This new feeding option will be offered, with a physician order, when the parents’ own milk is not available or is in low supply. This is especially important for babies who arrive early or are struggling with a medical condition but can also be useful in many other situations.” Berger is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Cayuga Health says the donated breast milk will be provided by the New York Milk Bank in Westchester County.