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Florida's first breast milk collection center opened in Miami on Tuesday.
Organizers showed off a freezer holding 500 ounces of breast milk provided by Ana Rodriguez, the first donor to the non-profit center.
I produce more than my baby can consume," said Rodriguez. "This is milk that I've pumped, basically, at work. It's a lot of work pumping so it's good that it's going to a good cause."
The center collects breast milk for the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas. The collected breast milk is shipped to Texas, where it's screened and pasteurized before it's donated to infants prescribed breast milk instead of formula.
"They can drop it off here and when our
A spokeswoman for the Mother’s Milkof North Texas said pasteurization extends the shelf life from that point up to a year.
There are 11 collection centers for Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas nationwide. They donate the breast milk to hospitals and neonatal intensive care unit
"All babies benefit from their own mother's milk but for some babies, it's a medical necessity to have human milk," said lactation consultant Mirine Dye.
The collection centers accept breast milk that has been pumped in the last three to six months.