Baby formula shortage fuels interest in milk banks

14 May 2022
2022-05-14 14:09

The U.S. baby formula shortage has sparked a surge of interest at milk banks around the U.S. with some mothers offering to donate breast milk and desperate parents calling to see if it’s a solution to keep their babies fed.

The organizations collect milk from mothers and process it, including through pasteurization, and then work with hospitals to distribute it.

At the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, based in Newton, Massachusetts, interest in donating and receiving milk because of the shortage has spiked. Typically, the milk bank gets about 30-50 calls a month from people looking to donate.

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