Best Fed Beginnings Hospital Still Making Headlines: MUSC Opens First Milk Bank in South Carolina

Posted May 29, 2015 by Cindy Hutter

Milk Bank OperationsBest Fed Beginnings alumni hospital Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has launched a milk bank in South Carolina. The milk bank will provide breast milk to very low birth-weight babies (weighing less than 3.3 pounds) in neonatal intensive care units throughout the state.

"MUSC and other hospitals in our state treat babies every day who, for different reasons, can’t have their mother’s own milk. As a Baby-Friendly USA certified hospital that advocates breastfeeding, we are overjoyed to be able to help launch the state’s first milk bank and empower women to provide life-saving breast milk to sick babies in South Carolina," said Sarah Taylor, MD, a neonatologist at MUSC and the new director of the Mother’s Milk Bank of South Carolina (MMBSC) in a MUSC press releaseExternal Link.

Spreading evidence-based maternity care practices, such as supporting breastfeeding, were central to the Best Fed Beginnings initiative, a first-of-its-kind national project aimed at improving the number of Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in the US. Access to human milk for all newborns can support an increase in exclusive breast milk feeding, leading to better health outcomes for babies.

"We are overjoyed that Best Fed Beginnings hospitals continue to be pioneers around the country in supporting evidence-based maternity care practices," says Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC, the perinatal content lead and senior director of the Best Fed Beginnings, Texas and New York State breastfeeding initiatives at NICHQ. "While the learning collaborative may have ended, the work of sustaining a team’s progress and spreading lessons learns to others always continues. MUSC is a fantastic example of this."

Read more about the Mother's Milk Bank of South Carolina in this news article.

  

To learn more about NICHQ's breastfeeding work, visit the breastfeeding section of our website.

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