Youngblood’s bill to raise oversight for donor milk banks sent to governor

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood today announced that bipartisan legislation she co-introduced to establish the “Keystone Mothers’ Milk Bank Act” was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to be signed into law.

The bill, H.B. 1001, introduced with state Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, calls on the state Department of Health to license milk banks and ensure they are meeting quality standards set by the department and in accordance with nationally recognized accrediting associations.

“Currently, milk banks distribute less than 6 million ounces of donor breast milk each year and struggle to keep up with hospital intensive care units alone demanding over 63 million ounces annually. As a result, many parents use unregulated online marketplaces to purchase human breast milk,” Youngblood said. “I am grateful for the bipartisan support and look forward to our bill becoming law to give parents the option to obtain breast milk for their child from an unquestionably viable source.”

The legislation, Youngblood said, along with establishing permittable procedures for the donation and distribution process, would also create licensing fees and reporting requirements for licensed milk banks in Pennsylvania.