Portland always has the breast news. The first human breast milk bank in the Northwest opened up shop last week at Adventist Medical Center in Southeast Portland, providing locally donated breast milk to babies born prematurely. Currently, hospitals in town use breast milk airmailed from San Jose, California, to feed babies whose mothers cannot produce milk (about 100 a year at Emanuel Hospital) or use baby formula. Donor milk has high organic standards—moms cannot smoke or take any medications other than birth control.
Portland should be ripe with donors: 91 percent of Portland moms breast feed versus a national average of 73 percent, according to milk bank coordinator Peggy Andrews. "I've had a bunch of moms call in and say, 'I just have a freezer full of milk, my husband wants me to empty the freezer,'" says Andrews. Breast milk, it turns out, can be frozen and used up for a year after it's pumped out. SARAH MIRK
Four homeless individuals' class-action lawsuit against Portland's anti-camping ordinance won a small victory last week when a judge ruled against the city's attempt to dismiss the case. Judge Ann Aiken's ruling allows attorney Monica Goracke to continue fighting for the anti-camping law to be declared unconstitutional, as was the case with the controversial sit-lie ordinance, which was deemed unconstitutional in February. Though Portlanders are now allowed to sit on the city's sidewalks, those who build temporary structures on public property risk police citation. For the next step in the case, Goracke will be able to request information such as the number of anti-camping tickets the police have written and the names of people cited. SM