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Washington Regional Partners with Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank

Washington Regional has partnered with Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank to be the first human milk depot in Northwest Arkansas. Nursing women who are pre-approved by Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank can donate their extra breast milk at Washington Regional, where the milk will be stored until it is picked up by the milk bank. The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank will then test, pasteurize and store the milk before dispensing it to an ordering hospital or to a patient with a physician’s prescription.

“There are multiple reasons why a baby might need donor breast milk including the mother’s inability to produce enough milk,” said Erin Moore, manager of Washington Regional Nutrition Consulting Department. “It’s especially important that babies who can’t receive their mother’s milk and are critically ill or in the NICU have pasteurized breast milk to give them the nutrients they need to grow. Washington Regional is proud to partner with Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank to provide this important service to Northwest Arkansas.”

A woman must be pre-approved by Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank before dropping off breast milk at Washington Regional’s depot site. The approval process includes a review of medical records, blood work and testing for microorganisms. Donors must meet guidelines established by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

For further information about donating breast milk, contact Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank at 405-297-5683 or go to