New depot brings donated breast milk to babies in need

New depot brings donated breast milk to babies in need

Here’s what our media partner News Channel 13, and Health Reporter Benita Zahn, has to say about Littauer’s new status as an NYS Milk Bank Milk Depot:

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October 27, 2017 06:17 PM 

GLOVERSVILLE – The importance of breast milk for babies is well documented, but not every mom can breastfeed. That’s where the New York Breast Milk Bank comes in. Now, there’s a new depot for women who want to donate and for those in need.

It’s a great concept. Some women produce more breast milk than they’ll ever need — so they donate it.

New York is among 23 states with breast milk banks, most of them, like New York’s, is not for profit.

The newest place to donate and get breast milk opened Friday at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. The opening was anything but traditional.

“Well, I was kind of an overproducer,” explained Amanda Fosman.

She produces much more breast milk than her 9-month-old baby girl, Aria, can ever use.

“So I kept saving it and freezing it,” she noted.

Now, she donates it, some 3,000 ounces so far, providing a robust start for The Breast Milk Depot at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.

The Breast Milk Depot at Nathan Littauer is the third in the Capital Region, but the first to be inaugurated in such style.

The Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club of New York joined in for a ceremonial delivery. They’ve been serving as milk riders over the past year.

“When we transport, it’s usually a 12 by 12 cardboard box full of milk,” pointed out Jen Baquial, the president of The Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club of NY.

The concept is simple. Women like Fosman register with the New York Milk Bank. Once screened and approved, they bring their milk to a depot, like Nathan Littauer. Then, it’s transported to the Milk Bank headquarters in Hastings on Hudson to be pasteurized and distributed to moms and babies in need.

“The New York Milk Bank has done extremely well in the year that we have been open,” explained Roseanne Motti, with the New York Milk Bank. “We are storing right now over 70,000 ounces of milk from generous donors.”


WEB EXTRA: Roseanne Notti, New York Milk Bank manager

It costs between $4 and $4.50 for an ounce of breast milk. Insurance only covers babies meeting specific health needs, covered by a managed Medicaid plan – so there’s an effort to gain wider insurance coverage.

A doctor’s prescription is needed to access the service once a baby is home.

Licensed by the New York State Health Department, the New York Milk Bank is affiliated with and follows the regulations of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

“We are lifting babies into a better life, because while breastfeeding may not be the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby,” noted Cheryl McGrattan, the vice president of marketing and communications at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

The celebration on Friday included milkshakes.

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Benita Zahn

Updated: October 27, 2017 06:17 PM Created: October 27, 2017 06:11 PM

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NLH is now a depot for the NYS Milk Bank

Littauer Radiologic Technologist, Amanda Fosman with infant daughter Aria, donates excess breastmilk to Littauer's Milk Depot

Littauer Radiologic Technologist, Amanda Fosman with infant daughter Aria, donates excess breastmilk to Littauer’s Milk Depot

GLOVERSVILLE, NEW YORK (October 23, 2017) – Nathan Littauer Hospital would like to announce a new partnership with the New York State Milk Bank. According to Nancy Quinlan, RN, IBCLC, OSC, the Littauer’s Birthing Center lactation consultant, The Birthing Center at Littauer is now one of the newest, licensed milk depots in the state.

“NLH has always supported breast feeding, in a myriad of ways and now we are very excited about this leap forward,” said Quinlan. “We are now a milk depot for the NYS Milk Bank. This new chapter will improve awareness while bringing in new donor mothers for much-needed donor milk.”

“When a woman donates their breast milk to help another baby, the gesture is beyond generous. It strikes at the core of what our community needs most: helping babies get the best start in life,” added Littauer VP of Marketing and Communication, Cheryl McGrattan. “Nathan Littauer is making that process easier as we can now collect store and ship donor milk to the NYS Milk Bank where it will be processed and distributed where it is most-needed.”

Donors will go through a required screening process. Once approved, mothers can freeze the extra milk their babies don’t need and bring it to the Littauer depot, located in The Birthing Center at the hospital.

Frozen milk soon arrives at the NYS Milk Bank, where it is logged in with a sophisticated tracking system. It is then thawed, analyzed, packaged in tamper-resistant bottles, pasteurized and tested for bacteria. Next, donor milk is dispensed by physician prescription to hospitals and NICUs. Some are also dispensed by physician prescription to medically needy babies at home.

Interestingly, one method of delivery is made by the biker group Sirens, also known as the Milk Riders. They deliver much needed breastmilk throughout the New Your City. This group of dedicated riders will be present at Nathan Littauer Hospital for the inaugural delivery. Generally, Littauer will use another method of transport to deliver breastmilk to the NYS Milk Bank.

Littauer’s partnership with the NYS Milk Bank is not only unique, but it is also essential for mothers who would like to donate excess breastmilk. This milk is important to save the lives and improve the health outcomes of vulnerably ill or premature babies.

“We have gotten reports that our donated breastmilk has helped hurricane impacted babies in the U.S.” added McGrattan.

For more information on the Littauer Milk Bank Depot, or to learn more about becoming a donor, please contact Nancy Quinlan at (518) 775-4101 or email