Are you a nursing mother with breast milk to spare? You can help offer life-saving nourishment to babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through the new Milk Bank Depot at TriStar Centennial Women's Hospital.

ABOUT THE MILK BANK DEPOT

The Milk Bank Depot at TriStar Centennial Women's Hospital is part of Mothers' Milk Bank of Tennessee (MMBT), a nonprofit providing safe donor milk to benefit infants in need within Tennessee. TriStar Centennial is the eighth depot to join the organization.

"Donor breast milk is extremely important for our smallest patients in the NICU," says Amber Price, COO at TriStar Centennial Women's Hospital and The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial. "By opening a Milk Bank Depot, we can ensure that moms have an easy and convenient way to donate their milk which can provide life-saving nutrition for our NICU babies," she adds.

HOW TO DONATE

If you are interesting in donating breast milk, here are the basics of the process:

• Fill out a preliminary application form HERE.

• After your application is received, you'll participate in an initial phone interview.

• A blood screening is the next step (it's paid for by MMBT) to ensure eligibility requirements.

• Once all lab and paperwork come back, you'll receive a call with your approval status.

Here are other things to know:

• Donors must be in overall good health.

• Donors must be non-smokers.

• Donors should consume less than two alcoholic drinks per day.

• Donors must not regularly use medication or herbal supplements.

• Donors must be willing to donate 100 ounces of milk initially.

• Provide own transportation to the drop-off location.

• The Depot accepts donations for the first year after birth.

For more info about MMBT and to learn if you're eligible to donate milk, call 615-933-8877 or visit milkbanktn.org.