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One Reason Women Are Amazing
Most mothers of newborns produce enough milk to provide all of the nutrients their babies need. But when a baby arrives early, mother’s milk can be delayed.
For premature infants and other infants in need of special care, human milk provides the best protection against devastating infections.
Lactating women who find that they have more milk than their own baby needs are endowed with something extraordinary: the ability to help another baby thrive.
Why Bank Milk?
Some moms give their milk directly to the parents of babies in need, an exchange known as casual sharing. The intent behind casual sharing is wonderful – it’s a caring act of sisterhood. But we believe strongly that it’s important to go the extra mile to have the surplus milk tested in a lab to make absolutely sure that it’s safe for any baby. In addition to safety, our top priority is to make sure that donated milk reaches the most vulnerable infants first. We are working toward the day when we are able to collect enough milk to provide for all of the babies who need it.
How to Help
Donating is easy. To learn more, click here. Help us to spread the word. Share our message with your Facebook friends: Mothers who are blessed with extra milk can play a direct role in giving another child the best possible start in life.
Save the Date
CONFERENCE 2014 - Human Milk: evidence, strategies, and ethics in 2014. Victoria Empress April 28-29, Victoria BC Canada
Who We Are
We promote the health of babies and mothers through the provision of safe pasteurized donor milk and support of breastfeeding. Over the past 30 years, nonprofit milk banks have opened in cities across the United States and Canada.
Our milk banks receive surplus milk and dispense it after the donated milk is pasteurized and tested. Most of our recipients are infants in neo-natal intensive care units (NICUs).
WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
HMBANA agrees with the statement released by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine calling for the American Academy of Pediatrics to cease its relationship with formula companies whose practices have negatively impacted breastfeeding. READ MORE
Pauline Sakamoto and Frances Jones visit the developing Northwest Mothers’ Milk Bank READ MORE
Quebec to launch public breast milk bank in spring 2014 READ MORE
International Consensus Statement on the Terminology, Coding and Labeling of Human Milk Donations READ MORE
2nd International Congress of the European Milk Bank Association (EMBA)ISTANBUL, 8th-9th NOVEMBER 2013 READ MORE
Montana Moms feeding Montana babies READ MORE