SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo will host a five hour Breast Milk Drive for the first time since 2019.
“We were all sheltering in place so there’s been a shortage of doner milk as well and really right now were just trying to raise awareness so we can get more donors and get more milk for babies," said Lactation Consultant Nurse, Kelley Brooks.
The drive will happen Friday, August 5 from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. at the auditorium of the hospital.
“Breastmilk or express breastmilk is extremely beneficial to all of the babies in the NICU and can actually be the difference between life or death," said Director of Women and Children’s Services, Emily Hosfore.
Donors will need to complete a screening questionnaire and blood test before donating.
Frozen milk donations will also be accepted.
“Some moms have even experienced a loss and they continue to pump and donate. It is emotional the amount of time and effort you put into pumping, but it's so gratifying at the same time," said Kelley Brooks.
This is a free event and is open to the public.
There will also be activities for the children during the event.