LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – A nationwide baby formula shortage is leaving parents all over the country scrambling to find baby formula.
It’s also prompting a surge in breast milk donations across the nation.
These non-profit milk banks typically serve sick or premature infants or when parents don’t have a sufficient milk supply for their baby’s nutritional needs.
As the shortage continues more parents are turning to milk banks to get milk to feed their babies.
“We’re hearing from moms who want to be part of the solution to this crisis and are interested in donating the excess milk that they have. So we’re really pleased to see that response. We are also hearing from parents who are worried, who are looking for new strategies for feeding their babies,” said Deborah Youngblood, executive director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank northeast.
To buy milk families need to fill out an application with the milk bank and get placed on a list to purchase the milk.
If you’re interested in donating, milk banks are often looking for healthy breastfeeding or pumping mothers who have 100 ounces or more of extra frozen milk.