Methodist Mansfield Joins our Depot Network

Photo courtesy of: www.methodisthealthsystem.org/mansfield

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas(MMBNT) has partnered with Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth at 2700 E. Broad Street, to provide a convenient drop off location for donor breastmilk. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor Postpartum Nurses’ Station accessible from the elevators located in front of the gift shop.

Mandi Longoria, Perinatal Education Lactation Coordinator, explains, “Donating breastmilk to help another baby is one of the most generous things a mother could do. We are so happy to make the process easy and accommodating. Methodist Mansfield will safely store frozen donor milk before it is transported to Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas for pasteurization.”

Mom Amanda and daughter Reagan drop off one of the first donations at Methodist Mansfield, accepted by Mandi Longoria.

MMBNT collects donor milk from over 40 “depots” located in communities throughout North Texas and other states. Donors are screened through medical histories and blood tests. Once approved, moms freeze the extra milk their babies don’t need and take it to a depot close to home.

Frozen milk arrives at the milk bank and is logged into a sophisticated barcode and tracking system. It is then thawed, analyzed, packaged in tamper-resistant bottles, pasteurized and tested for bacteria.

Donor milk has become the standard of care for premature infants who have severe feeding problems, intestinal malformations and life threatening complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Eighty percent of MMBNT’s donor milk is dispensed by physician prescription to over 110 hospital NICUs. Twenty percent is dispensed by physician prescription to medically needy babies at home. In 2015, MMBNT dispensed a record 552,761 ounces.

For more information about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, click here.