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Oct. 3, 2006

Milk Bank Directors To Meet In Iowa

The Board of Directors of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) will hold their annual meeting in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Oct. 5-8.

The directors will tour the Children's Hospital of Iowa Mother's Milk Bank within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the bank's pasteurization laboratory on the UI's Oakdale Campus. The group can also visit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the state's most advanced facility that cares for seriously ill infants.

Established in August 2002, the Mother's Milk Bank at Children's Hospital of Iowa now serves about 150 infants a year. Breast milk is especially important for premature infants. Breast milk provides low-birth weight babies with nutrition that cannot be matched by formulas. Human breast milk contains immune system boosters, infection-fighting factors, unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates and enzymes that formulas lack, but are vital to the survival of such tiny newborns.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 140,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,