N.J. Senate OKs standards for human milk banks

New Jersey’s Senate has approved legislation setting up standards for human milk banks in the state.

The Democrat-led Senate voted 38-0 Monday to require that banks for human milk must register with the state Health Department. The legislation also requires the banks follow Human Milk Bank Association of North America standards.

There are now 26 such institutions in the U.S. and three in Canada. None are in New Jersey.

The bill defines a milk bank as a service that selects breast milk donors, manages collections, processing and storage as well as the distribution of donations. Lawmakers said they want to ensure the safety of donated breast milk and help mothers with delayed lactation or who cannot nurse.

Similar legislation is pending in the Assembly.

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