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Donated breast milk in South Carolina hospitals

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The Mothers Milk Bank based in Texas works with the Medical University of South Carolina to provide donated breast milk at no cost to moms with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit and the hospital pays $5 an ounce for the donated milk.

On Monday, officials with Palmetto Health announced the Palmetto Health Donor Milk Program. Hospital officials say they partnered with Prolacta Bioscience, Inc., which will manage screenings, testing and the collection of donated milk.

Officials say Prolacta will pasteurize the milk for use at Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Richland.

While speaking to Prolacta on the phone Tuesday, the milk bank said they're the only place who tests milk for drugs of abuse, tobacco and nicotine both before and after it's processed.

However, MUSC said that is only partially true, they claim do all the same testing for bacteria which is what the FDA considers safe.

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