To help "the sickest of the sick" in neonatal care: Group launches IndieGoGo campaign hoping to raise $50K to open PA's first breast-milk bank.
"A local nonprofit working to build the first breast milk bank in Pennsylvania has launched a crowd-funding campaign on the website Indiegogo, asking for the public’s help to raise $50,000 for the Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank to pay for equipment such as pasteurizers, commercial-grade freezers and a bar-coding system. The milk would go to 'the sickest of the sick' babies in area neonatal intensive care units, said founder and board president Denise O’Connor. Board members and advisers for the new bank include representatives from all four NICUs within Pittsburgh city limits. NICUs from Ohio, West Virginia and central Pennsylvania also have expressed interest in receiving milk. If funding goes well, the bank hopes to open in spring 2015, said Ms. O’Connor, a longtime lactation consultant." -- Anya Sostek, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette