Waterbury Hospital Launches New Connecticut Donor Milk Program

Photo courtesy of Waterbury Hospital

Welcome to the world, Pedro—the first baby to receive donor milk at Waterbury Hospital! Hospital staff captured this adorable photo and posted it to Facebook on June 25 with this note:

Just two days after announcing Waterbury Hospital’s collaboration with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast and the establishment of the Donor Milk Program, we had our first baby to receive pasteurized donor human milk. Baby Pedro was born on June 16 at 33 weeks gestation. His mother, Quetsy Sepulveda, has two other children whom she breastfed and she was worried that Pedro‘s early arrival would make having a diet of her own milk harder or even impossible. Ms. Sepulveda is grateful that her son will receive the benefits of a human milk diet just like her other two children.”

Lactation consultant Michelle Jose, RN, IBCLC, was instrumental in developing the program. She commented, “We are pleased to be the only hospital in the area to offer donor human milk to our premature and sick infants.”

Waterbury Hospital joins the growing ranks of hospitals throughout Connecticut offering donor milk from Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast. In addition, Connecticut is home to six milk depots, locations where screened milk donors can drop off milk.

News outlets covering the launch of this new donor milk program included these:

Town Times News

Patch.com

Newsbreak.com

Congratulations to Waterbury Hospital!

Would you like your hospital to offer donor milk? Download our booklet, Implementing a Hospital Donor Milk Program: A Guide for the Use of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk as Standard of Care and contact our Director of Client Relations.