Babies born prematurely often face a number of complications and breast milk can help, especially right after birth. “If the mother breastfeeds them, then they’re going to get a lot of what they would have missed otherwise,” said MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist and co-founder of Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee, Dr. Susan Campbell. But some mothers have trouble producing their own milk, which is where milk banks come into play and milk can be donated to help other babies in need. The nonprofit organization currently accepts donations at Nashville General and ships donated milk to an out-of-state pasteurization facility but is in capital fundraising to get one of their own. “I think the most important thing about having a milk bank in Tennessee is that we can use it to save these precious little lives.”

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