Mothers' Milk Bank

BISMARCK, N.D. - Sanford Children's North Clinic in Bismarck is asking mothers to donate excess milk, for other babies. It's teamed up with Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation in Colorado.

Sanford says it will be hosting an open house at the children's north clinic Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon, to educate mothers on how to become a donor.

Jaszmine Cook says she knows many mothers struggle with breast milk.

"My first, I had it come in three months before I gave birth. This one it came like four days after, and that was terrifying," said Cook, mother from Hebron.

Cook says some moms can't produce breast milk. Clinical care lead for lactation at the well baby clinic in Bismarck says some babies in the NICU depend on it.

"A lot of moms can't produce enough milk for babies in the NICU, especially early on in the early phases, they don't have the milk right away, the babies that need it initially. Moms can.t keep up with babies in the NICU, they're stressed," said Lori Bergquist, clinical care lead for lactation at the Well Baby Clinic.

Bergquist says moms and babies have to go through screenings and blood tests, then the Mothers' Milk Bank provides containers and shipping materials, at no cost.

"When you have extra, you can throw it away but why not give it to a mother that really wants that nutrition for her child," said Cook.

Sanford says it will have this milk bank available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m at the Sanford Children's North Clinic in Bismarck, there is another location in Fargo as well.

Bergquist says mothers will not be paid, since this is a non-profit organization. For more information log onto www.milkbankcolorado.org.