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Portsmouth Regional Hospital Opens New Breast Milk Depot

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Portsmouth Regional Hospital has opened a new drop-off site for moms who are interested in donating breast milk. The hospital partnered with Mother's Milk Bank Northeast for the project.

This is the state's fourth milk depot.

Nora Fortin, director of maternity, pediatric and women's health, says there are a lot of women in the state who have extra milk to give.

"Think about how big New Hampshire is," she says. "There's not a lot of donation sites, so the benefit to the community is that ease for mothers to actually donate."

Donors to the milk depot are all screened. The milk is then processed and pasteurized, and then distributed to babies in hospitals across New England.

Daniela is an editor in NHPR's newsroom. She also leads NHPR's Spanish language news initiative, ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? You can email her at dallee@nhpr.org.

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