A Portland pediatrician’s office is making it easier for mothers having trouble producing breast milk to provide it to their babies.
Personalized Pediatrics of Maine, at 205 Ocean Ave., will open a donor milk depot and dispensary next week in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast.
Donor milk dispensaries are a “forward-thinking and innovative way” to ensure that as many babies as possible have access to human milk, said Ann Marie Lindquist, director of community relations for Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast.
It is particularly important, Lindquist said, to have a place where families can both donate and pick up milk.
The donor milk can serve as “a bridge” to future breastfeeding for the mother and baby or can serve as a supplement for formula feeding, said Dr. Ali Kopelman, a certified lactation consultant since 2017.
Emily Piller of Saco received donor milk for her baby in January at Maine Medical Center,