A nonprofit in Nashville called the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee is trying to make it easier for infants to obtain breast milk when their mothers can’t produce enough. Board member and MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist, Joann Romano-Keeler at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., hopes to open a breast milk bank that would store and distribute donations from other moms for premature babies who are at a high risk of a debilitating gut disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Romano-Keeler previously studied NEC for several years at Vanderbilt University, “and in all of the years of research that’s been done, including some of the research that I’ve done myself, the only protective factor that we’ve discovered for NEC is breast milk,” she said.

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