Breast milk is an important nutrient for babies that helps prevent illness. But some mothers are unable to produce the milk.
The Okanagan’s first breast milk drive will be held June 21 in Penticton, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vernon.
Tiffany Jones-Waite will donate milk in Kelowna for the first time.
She decided to become a donor after her daughter, Finley Waite, was born prematurely.
“I thought, well I can kind of give back to the other moms that need it.
“I wanted to donate sooner but to get the milk out there you either have to be going down to the Coast or you have to ship it, and shipping it is extremely expensive because you have to use dry ice to keep it at a cool temperature,” she said.
The milk donations will be collected and shipped to Vancouver, said Frances Jones, coordinator of lactation services of the BC Women’s Provincial Milk Bank.
The milk banks will be held June 21 at Westside Maternity in West Kelowna and Kelowna Malachite Midwives from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more: www.okanaganbreastfeeding.org.