INDIANAPOLIS —The city's newest donor milk express site has opened in the Castleton Square area, The Milk Bank announced.
The express donor milk site is located inside of Cafe Baby, a store that makes fresh baby and toddler food with no preservatives. The site is also Indiana's 38th milk depot as well, meaning Cafe Baby is now a place where families can purchase up to 40 ounces of pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) without a prescription and where approved donor mothers can drop off breast milk.
“We are so proud to partner with Café Baby! They offer parents a convenient place to purchase fresh, healthy food for their babies and now they are a convenient location for picking up and dropping off human milk for The Milk Bank," Freedom Kolb, The Milk Bank's executive director, said. "Their partnership will help to promote breastmilk donations to ensure that vulnerable babies across the area continue to have access to lifesaving medical interventions.”
Breast milk collected by The Milk Bank is transported to its facility in Indianapolis to be pasteurized and distributed to NICUs and outpatient families throughout the Midwest.
Cafe Baby, located at 5945 E. 86th St., is also now a diaper drop spot for the Indiana Diaper Bank. Families are encouraged to drop off new or open packages of diapers.
“Our hope is that collectively, community members can come together to do good, without going far. Indiana Diaper Bank has Diaper Drop Spots located throughout Indianapolis and 100% of donations received at these locations will go to support families struggling to provide this basic need for their children,” Rachael Suskovich, the CEO and founder of Indiana Diaper Bank, said.
Parents interested in purchasing PDHM should visit themilkbank.org/dmx to complete an order form.