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Mothers donating breast milk to those in need

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A special type of bank is starting to pop up around the country.

"My milk did not come in until about two weeks after I delivered her," said Janet Brashear.  "She had donor milk for the first weeks of her life."

When Janet, like many moms, struggled to breast feed, she was helped by the generosity of others. The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank collects and stores human breast milk.

The donated milk is screened, pasteurized and distributed to hospitals for premature and sick babies whose mothers do not have sufficient milk or it's purchased by families.

Many health experts agree the benefits of breast milk for newborns, especially premature infants, are immense.

To find a list of breast milk banks, click here.