NORTH ANDOVER — Two companies joining forces to better serve customers are about to do some sick babies lots of good.
The newly merged Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness, a distributor of breast pumps — as well as a provider of pre- and post-natal exercise programs, breast feeding and Doula services — recently opened the area’s first breast milk bank.
Working with Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast — a nonprofit organization operating under the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America — Acelleron Maternal Health will collect milk from mothers, which is then pasteurized and donated to babies in need.
Now, local mothers who want to donate their milk have a nearby drop-off site, instead of requesting the shipping tools and sending it out to the milk bank’s Newton location themselves.
The path to this bank all started two years ago.
Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services, a home-care company based in New Jersey, bought Acelleron Medical Products, a pediatric nebulizer distributor in Andover.
Acelleron then started selling breast pumps along with the nebulizers. Jonathan Herman, chief operating officer of Preferred Home Healthcare, said Acelleron has become one of the top distributors of breast pumps since the merger.
Both Herman and Jason Canzano, director of Acelleron Medical Products, felt they needed to broaden their services to find more consumers — specifically expectant mothers.
“We wanted to be more than ‘Here’s your breast pump. See you later,’ ” Canzano said. “Then I came across a business called Maternal Health and Wellness.”
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