RQHR Breast Milk Depot
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has a milk depot for registered donors at the Regina General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Donations collected at the Regina General Hospital NICU are frozen and couriered to the non-profit Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank for processing and pasteurization. The milk is then packaged into 120 ml plastic bottles and can be ordered by NICUs and patients with prescriptions for babies’ use.
The Regina NICU purchases approximately 15-16 bottles of breast milk per month from the Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank. The bank charges a fee of $16/bottle to off-set costs associated with screening donors and maintaining a donor list, processing the milk, making each unit of milk traceable for safety purposes, and packaging.
There is no cost to Regina NICU patients’ families for the breast milk, and breast milk donors are not paid.
For Further Information
Tom Sorensen, RQHR NICU Manager
Mothers’ Milk Bank