Our 31 members help mothers donate their extra breast milk for use by fragile infants as medicine. Our efforts ensure that the process is evidence-based and clinically sound. Together, we advocate for donor milk as a universal standard of care, regardless of the ability to pay.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a mortality and morbidity weekly report entitled, "Donor Human Milk Use in Advanced Neonatal Care Units." HMBANA's Executive Director, Lindsay Groff, discussed these findings with Dr. Lisa Stellwagen, Executive Director of the University of California Health Milk Bank in the video.
Dr. Stellwagen will join Summer Kelly, Executive Director at Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, and Kim Updegrove, Executive Director at Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin for an upcoming HMBANA webinar, "Implementing a Donor Milk Program: How to Get Started" on October 18, 2022.
For more information about the webinar: https://www.hmbana.org/news/implementing-a-donor-milk-program-how-to-get-started.html
It’s not uncommon for those who breastfeed to produce more breast milk than what is needed to feed their baby, raising the question of what to do with the oversupply—especially amid a baby formula shortage. One solution could be to donate your breast milk to a human milk bank. Not only is it free and easy to do, but it can be life-saving for infants in need. Typically, breast milk donations are prioritized for premature and sick infants who could benefit the most from human milk.