Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center Receives First Human Breast Milk Donation

August 26, 2019

Raritan Bay Medical Center first milk donor Anna Milrud and Kaaba Chenault, RN, BSN, IBCLC.

This marks the first breast milk donation for Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center Perth Amboy has received its first human breast milk donation. The breast milk will be sent to the New York Milk Bank to be processed and then used for infants in need.

“Breast milk is so healthy for newborn babies but not all moms can produce enough breast milk or are on medication that cannot be given to the newborns. This milk bank gives additional opportunities to give newborn babies breast milk. Raritan Bay Medical Center is proud to offer this opportunity,” said Steven Goldberg, M.D., chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Raritan Bay Medical Center supports families and their babies throughout the life cycle by educating and supporting families on the benefits of human milk and breastfeeding.

Committed to the health of the community, Raritan Bay Medical Center became a licensed Human Milk Donor Depot, the first for Hackensack Meridian Health. In July of 2019, Raritan Bay Medical Center received its first donor milk and since July had two additional donors.

The New York Milk Bank is the first comprehensive nonprofit milk bank based in New York State, which collects milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes it and distributes to infants in New York State and the surrounding area. Their vision is that all women are supported in their breastfeeding and lactation goals and that all babies have access to safely pasteurized and affordable donor milk in situations where their mothers can’t breastfeed.

For more information about Raritan Bay Medical Center’s comprehensive array of maternity services, combining leading-edge medicine with integrative health therapies, visit: https://www.rbmc.org/maternity-center/