MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland Memorial Hospital has partnered with Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas to become a milk depot for mothers wanting to donate breast milk.

breast milk is collected from healthy nursing mothers who have a surplus of milk. Donors are screened similar to how a blood bank screens, involving a short phone interview, a medical questionnaire and blood testing.

Donated milk is securely stored and transported to Fort Worth where is will be tested, pasteurized and distributed throughout Texas and its surrounding areas.

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Around 80 percent of the donated milk is given to hospitalized babies. NICU preemies who cannot take formula are the most common recipients.

If you are interested in becoming a donor you should complete the required preliminary questions here or call 817-810-0071. You will also be asked to complete a medical history questionnaire and a phone interview, as well as participate in a free blood draw. Once you are approved you will be able to donate to MMH.