Intelsius Dry Ice Helps Thousands of Fragile Infants Across the American Midwest
Premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the highest cause of death of babies in the United States, and one in 10 babies is born prematurely. In addition, babies who survive premature birth often have long-term health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness, and hearing loss.
Founded in 2005, The Milk Bank was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for children, and decrease health care expenditures. The Milk Bank provides, from lactating women’s donations of frozen, surplus breast milk, pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) to extremely fragile or sick infants at hospitals and home.
In the absence of the mother’s milk, PDHM offers many of the same benefits for the infant, such as optimal nutrition, easy digestibility, and immunologic protection against many organisms and diseases. In addition, the use of PDHM can help decrease the risk of various complications reduce the length of stay in the hospital and overall health care expenditures.
The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened and serologically tested donors. After pasteurization, PDHM is tested to ensure no bacterial growth before distributing to infants in need across the Midwest. In addition, the Milk Bank packs 2- and 4- ounce bottles of frozen milk in shipping containers filled with dry ice supplied from Intelsius. This ensures its contents stay frozen and safe for consumption.
One ounce of milk provides up to three feedings for a premature infant. In 2018, The Milk Bank distributed nearly 282,000 ounces of PDHM from 850 donor mothers. In addition, milk was shipped to 34 hospitals across 11 states in the U.S.
“Thank you for providing this vital resource,” said Jami Marvin, production director. “Because of Intelsius, we can serve thousands of families each year.”
To discover more about the Milk Bank and the fantastic charities work, please visit https://www.themilkbank.org/.