The Mother's Milk Bank of Denver at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center is desperate need of breastmilk donations. Milk bank director Laraine Lockhart Borman says the agency's freezers are bare.
Mothers who are in good health, don't smoke or take medication and have babies younger than 6 months old are needed to donate milk to the milk bank. Information on donation is on milk bank's website, or you can call the milk bank at (303) 869-1888.
Julia Lam is a beautiful, happy baby, but the six-month-old is also very sick. She's undergoing aggressive chemotherapy to combat an unusual form of lymphoma.
"This is without a question a life threatening disease process for her," said Dr. Lorrie Odom, a Pediatric Oncologist.
Lam has to wait to eat until medical tests are finished, and when she gets hungry for milk, it will be breast milk, for its nutrition and antibodies.
"To give her the best chance to tolerate the chemotherapy and its side effects," said Dr. Odom.
Lam's mother's milk supply dwindled when she got sick, so now her human breast milk is donated.
It comes from the Mother's Milk Bank, but their supply is also running low.
Demand is up at the milk bank. They gave out 14,000 ounces last month, but donations have remained steady at 10,000 ounces, so the freezer is now nearly empty.
"We hold our breath when the phone rings because we know it's probably going to be a recipient asking for milk and we're wondering are we going to be able to supply this baby," said Laraine Lockhart Borman, with the Mother's Milk Bank.
Human milk can be lifesaving for some children, without it they may end up hospitalized and sicker than they already are.