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Medical community in MD seeks to increase use of donor breast milk

The Baltimore Sun, July 16, 2012

Sinai Hospital, which opened its milk bank in May, is part of a growing movement in the Maryland health community to make breast milk donated by other mothers more available in hospitals. So far only three hospitals—Sinai, Johns Hopkins and Saint Agnes—are licensed by the state to use donated milk. In 2010, Maryland hospitals provided donor milk to just nine babies. A state legislative work group recently presented recommendations to the General Assembly on ways to increase those numbers. Supporters of its use say donor milk can help save dozens of babies' lives.