We had a feeling that hospital staff would be pleased with our product when we saw two NICU nurses give each other a high five the first time they dispensed Medolac to a preemie. In the past, many nurses and nutritionists told us that preparing frozen donor milk was difficult and labor intensive. That’s why we set out to make life easier for the people who care for our tiniest babies every hour of the day. And it appears that neonatal staff is just as happy with our product as the babies are! Here are a few things they have shared with us:
1. “We don’t have to chase down donor milk any more.” With the ongoing shortage of donor milk, neonatal staff has spent hours on the phone trying to find a milk bank who has enough donor milk to fulfill the hospital’s requirement. With Medolac, supply chain management professionals at the hospital can take over, since our product is never backordered, can be shipped and stored at room temperature and put through normal hospital supply channels. Neonatal staff can spend more time taking care of babies and supporting their families.
2. “Sometimes we forget to take the milk out of the freezer. And we don’t want to thaw too much because it goes to waste. It’s hard.” Medolac doesn’t require thawing because it shipped and stored at room temperature so no thawing is required. Just shake, open and pour. Simple.
3. “We waste so much donor milk because of the short shelf life. It breaks my heart because there’s a shortage.” Medolac has a much longer shelf life after opening. Frozen donor milk can only be kept 24 hours after thawing and somebody has to take responsibility for discarding milk that has exceeded its hold time after thawing. Medolac is good for 7 days in the refrigerator after opening. Hospitals report that waste has virtually been eliminated because the milk is easily used up within 7 days.
4. “I tried ordering from different milk banks, hoping that I could get milk with more calories so babies would gain weight easier. But with no nutritional label, it was frustrating.” WithMedolac there’s no more guesswork. Accurate nutritional label and lot to lot consistency makes fortification easier because our donor milk has a full nutritional label. Lot to lot consistency means that fortification strategies can be applied across any lot ofMedolac instead of having to create new calculations for each lot of frozen donor milk that varies widely in macro-nutrients.
5. “For moms, the stakes are high. If they fall behind on their milk production and we can’t get donor milk, the baby may have to have formula, which raises the risk of infection. The pressure on moms is intense.” Hospital staff has told us that it is easier to support mom’s efforts because baby can be fully breast milk fed regardless of the availability of mom’s milk. Families of hospitalized babies have many challenges and sometimes cannot transport pumped milk to the hospital in time to keep up with feedings. It’s good to know that human donor milk is available when mom’s milk is not and research is showing that using donor milk does not lessen mother’s desire to provide her own milk.
NICU Staff: The increased demand to use donor milk as a neonatal quality measure and risk management issue has intensified the need for donor milk. Let us know what else we can do to help make your jobs easier. And help us spread the word by sharing this with a friend.