UConn Health to Open Milk Depot

Lactation consultant Marisa Merlo helps maternity patient Bekkilyn Toone breastfeed her newborn son in UConn Health's labor and delivery unit. (Kristin Wallace/UConn Health Photo)

UConn John Dempsey Hospital will be the first hospital in Connecticut and the only location in the Greater Hartford Area to serve as a milk depot for breast milk donations for newborns in need. The milk depot, only the 5th in Connecticut, will accept donated breastmilk to distribute to babies in the Northeast.

The milk depot was made possible thanks to donations from Marisa Merlo, lactation consultant, Natalee Martin, associate director of development, Dr. Christopher Morosky, Ob-Gyn, and Carrie Ferrindino, nurse manager of Maternal Child Health, for the purchase of a milk freezer. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for the end of this month.

Read more about the new milk depot and how to donate here.

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