by Carlos E. Castañeda

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A Bay Area startup is offering business-traveling mothers what it calls the first-of-its-kind delivery service for breast milk.

Palo Alto-based Milk Stork launched its service on Monday delivering the breast milk of out-of-town mothers overnight to their babies at home.

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Milk Stork says it will provide refrigerated overnight shipping  of a day’s supply of breast milk – or up to 34 ounces – to anywhere in the continental U.S.

The service is the brainchild of marketing executive Kate Torgersen, who came up with the last year as she prepared for a business trip and realized there was no easy way to provide her newborn twins with breast milk while she was gone, according to a press release.

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“By sending milk home daily, breastfeeding moms can protect their milk supply, work and travel with ease, and enjoy peace of mind knowing their babies will continue to receive the benefits of breast milk even while they’re gone,” said Torgersen in the press release.

The service costs $99 a day, and includes pharmaceutical-shipping coolers to keep the milk refrigerated in transit. Milk Stork said it would donate $5 from every order to the breast-feeding awareness group La Leche League through the end of the month.


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Carlos E. Castañeda is Senior Editor, News & Social Media for CBS San Francisco and a San Francisco native. You can follow him on Twitter or send him an email.