Breast milk banks in Michigan proposed by Democratic lawmakers


By: Associated Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Democratic minority in the Michigan Legislature have introduced bills setting out rules for sharing of human breast milk in the state.

Rep. Erika Geiss of Taylor has sponsored a measure to create standards for human milk banks in Michigan.

When she announced the legislation in March, Geiss said repeated research shows that feeding breast milk to premature infants has both short- and long-term benefits for the babies.

She says that’s regardless of whether the milk comes from the mother or another woman.

Geiss says many women don’t know that donated breast milk is an option.

Sen. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.