DCH introduces new breast milk program to save premature babies.

Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 at 10:19 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - DCH Regional Medical Center launches a new breast milk program for premature babies.

"The prematurity rate in West Alabama is significantly high and often the premature mother can't provide enough milk for her premature baby," said Nurse manager Carla Kapera.

According to medical professionals' mother's milk is best.

"A lot of times premature babies are unable to digest anything other than human milk," said Kapera.

It has all the nutrients and vitamins Nurse Carla Kapera said the tiniest of babies need to grow stronger.

In 2015, Kapera said they noticed an increase in donor milk throughout the hospital.

"Women were actually contacting the hospital with extra donor milk what can I do can I donate to your NICU," said Kapera.

Unfortunately, the hospital couldn't take all breast milk from willing moms at the time, until now.

"Someone's donor milk is the next best thing," said Kapera.

DCH is working with a company called Prolacta who will manage the qualification process for moms.

Taking health screenings, blood testing, and streamlining the milk.

"You'd be helping the smallest babies that we have here at DCH," said Kapera.

If you're a lactating mom whose baby has more than enough milk supply, you might qualify to help others.

To learn how to become a donor, visit

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