This fund was established in December 2004 to support a research/disease prevention effort by Bronson's NICU. Currently, only a small percentage of premature infants receive milk directly from their mother through lactation. The remainder who receive IV and formula feedings have a higher incidence of acquiring NEC, a serious gastro/intestinal disorder that is life-threatening. Bronson's long-term goal is to achieve 100% mother's milk feedings for all premature babies in the NICU.
The fund, may provide financial support for the following types of activities: purchase of mother's milk from other milk banks; purchase of mother's milk from local sources; purchase of equipment and related supplies needed to process and store mother's milk; reimbursement of costs associated with these activities, e.g., research expenses, mileage allowances, etc.; and other costs as agreed upon by the NICU and Foundation management.Learn more about Bronson's Mothers' Milk Bank.
In 2013, money from this fund helped purchase a new shelving system for the Milk Bank to provide a more efficient environment as the influx and demands for donor milk continue to grow. The fund was also able to pay for lactation consultants and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses to attend a breastfeeding conference.