A breast milk drop site is opening in Fort McMurray.
The idea is for approved breastfeeding mothers to donate their milk, which will then be sent to Calgary to be pasteurized and distributed to sick babies in hospitals and communities across Canada.
The Bank is being organized by AHS and NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank, which is Canada’s only community-based milk bank.
In a release, Executive Director Jannette Festival says the Fort McMurray Milk Drop location is one of 11 drop locations to open in the Prairie provinces.
“In opening this drop location, we hope to encourage Fort McMurray mothers to participate in something that changes lives: milk banking. Indeed, every precious drop counts to sick and fragile babies, and Fort McMurray women who are breastfeeding have the opportunity to help.”
Funds from the Northern Lights Health Foundation were also used to purchase a freezer that will keep the milk donations safely stored before transport.
The drop location is located in the Fort McMurray Public Health Unit.
For more information about the milk bank and how to become a donor, visit the milk bank’s website.
For more information about Fort McMurray’s Milk Drop hours, you can call 780-791-6247.