Duval County

Donor breast milk program launches at Naval Hospital Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A breast milk donation program is at full, operational capacity at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, according to chief nurse officer Capt. Carl Goforth.

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The Mother Infant Unit is purchasing breast milk from Mothers’ Milk Bank of Colorado, and has provided brest milk to at least three local infants.

“This is a huge benefit to our more fragile babies and gives every qualified baby access to the most natural and complete nutrition,” said Naval Hospital Jacksonville lactation consultant, Rachel Hinckley.

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The program ensures a safe and steady supply of pasteurized human milk for infants being treated at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Donors are screened by the milk bank, and the milk is available for those in need due to medical issues.

“Needs vary from low blood sugar, weight loss or other issues,” said Hinckley. “These donations can potentially prevent admission to the nursery or readmission to the hospital.”

To find out more about the donor milk program, contact Hinckley at 904-250-6374.