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Peoria County opening a depot for breast milk bank

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is opening a milk depot for the Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes this week.

The health department will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday. Banked breast milk is given when a baby's mother cannot provide enough of her own breast milk, or there is a serious illness. Preterm babies fed anything except breast milk are at much greater risk for serious health problems, such as digestive tract inflammation. 

The milk depot is a drop off station for busy mothers who wish to donate their breast milk to the bank. The milk depot will package and ship the donor milk to the milk bank.

For more information, visit http://www.milkbankwgl.org/

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