CUPHD announces plans to collect "liquid gold"

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 06/17 2014 04:34PM

Updated 06/17 2014 05:15PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Liquid gold is how some classify breast milk. It won't go to waste thanks to a new breast milk drop-off site in Central Illinois. The Champaign Public Health District is leading the way in breast milk donations. It will become the first drop-off site downstate. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has more.

Starting Friday, mothers who are able to produce milk can drop it off here. The state has two other drop-off sites, but they're in the Chicago-area. This will make things more convenient for mothers in our area.

"There's a tremendous breast feeding population in this community."

The community now has a place to make donations: CUPHD.

"This goes right in line with the focus of public health. We're here to prevent problems. And we know that if babies get breast milk, it can prevent so many medical problems."

But, not all moms are able to breastfeed. For those who can...

"This is a huge opportunity for them to give back to another woman in our community."

Pam Unger is the director of Maternal Child Services at Carle Hospital. She says breast milk can protect babies form several illnesses, decrease the rate of ear infections and lower the chance of being diabetic.

"It is superior to any kind of formulas."

But, mothers also benefit.

"It has now been documented, proof of better outcomes for illnesses for moms that include cardiovascular disease, breast cancer."

The freezer at the health district is all set to accept donations.

"We didn't want to just stick this in a corner. We also wanted to advertise and say, 'Hey, did you know that you can do this?'"

But not to worry. The freezer is locked. It's empty right now, but organizers hope the program will be successful.

"It is the most natural thing we can do for our babies."

There's a screening process before you can donate breast milk. It will be frozen, then transported to the Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank. Friday's ceremony is at 10 am.

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