A new local milk bank

The Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies — the first facility of its kind in the state — is set to open sometime in the next few months in Golden Valley. 

Currently, the closest milk banks are in Iowa and Illinois. But with a new bank open locally, Minnesota mothers’ donated milk won’t need to be shipped out of state for pasteurization, storage and distribution. Instead, it can be processed locally and go more quickly to vulnerable preemies and other local babies — all while avoiding sky-high overnight shipping fees.

Milk bank co-founder Jill Lindquist, a nurse and board-certified lactation consultant, said the bank expects to distribute milk in the first quarter of 2019. 

Lindquist said the bank is getting ready for inspection and approval from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

“The board has been working so hard for nearly six years. We can hardly believe we are actually seeing this dream come true,” Lindquist said. “We just can’t wait to help our babies and save lives right here in Minnesota.”

To learn how to donate milk — or to support the nonprofit milk bank with cash donations — go to mnmilkbank.org. Learn more about local milk sharing at mnparent.com/milk-sharing