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WHY BANK MILK?

WE ARE WORKING TOWARD THE DAY WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO COLLECT ENOUGH MILK TO PROVIDE FOR ALL THE BABIES WHO NEED IT. 

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  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.

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).

THE FRESHEST NEWS

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Invests in HMBANA

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is undertaking a three-year strategic planning initiative to build capacity for safe, equitable sourcing and distribution of donor human milk for vulnerable babies.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT

Donor Milk from HMBANA milk banks is safe from Zika Virus

HMBANA and its member milk banks share the concerns of families dealing with Zika virus and its seemingly-related microcephalic conditions of newborn infants.The Zika virus is transmitted primarily via mosquito bite, but pending further research person-to-person transmission cannot be ruled out. To date breast milk has not been shown to transmit the virus, however, as with all outbreaks, HMBANA continually monitors the latest research on potential risks in order to maintain a safe supply of donor human milk. 

HMBANA Statement on Flint Michigan Lead Crisis

Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) February 12, 2016-- The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has possibly exposed hundreds of pregnant and lactating women to dangerously high levels of lead and is a serious and ongoing crisis. HMBANA is working with Representatives Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), Phil Phelps (D-Flushing), Kiddada Green of Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association and other community partners to provide safe, evidenced-based pasteurized donor human milk for mothers and babies impacted by high lead levels.

Wisconsin Rural Milk Depot Boosts Milk Supply

In 2005, when volunteers in Wisconsin envisioned the future establishment of a non-profit mothers’ milk bank they knew that they needed to raise community awareness about pasteurized donor human milk. The Mothers Milk Association of Wisconsin (MMAW) spread the word through the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants, ...

THE HISTORY OF MILK BANKING

At the dawn of the twentieth century, nearly all children were human milk fed - either maternally breastfed or provided with donated human milk. Over the next one hundred years, a number of dramatic changes took place including the replacement of human milk by artificial feeding products. By the beginning of the twenty-first century, human milk feeding was once again the recommended method of infant feeding. Experts recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months and the introduction of age appropriate foods with breast milk to remain in the diet for two years and beyond. When maternal milk is inadequate or lacking particularly for high risk or premature infants pasteurized donor milk is the next best option. Donor milk banking plays an important role in meeting these recommendations.

MISSION

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is a professional association for supporters of non-profit donor human milk banking.

HMBANA promotes the health of babies and mothers through the provision of safe pasteurized donor milk and support of breastfeeding.

It Was founded in 1985 to:

  • Develop guidelines for donor human milk banking practices in North America
  • Provide a forum for information sharing among experts in the field on issues related to donor milk banking
  • Provide information to the medical community regarding use of donor milk
  • Encourage research into the unique properties of human milk for therapeutic and nutritional purposes
  • Act as a liaison between member banks and governmental agencies
  • Facilitate communication among member banks to assure adequate distribution of donor milk
  • Facilitate the establishment of new donor milk banks in North America using HMBANA standards.

POSITION PAPERS ON DONOR MILK BANKING

Learn more about HMBANA's position on the value of human milk, including current research and the rights of mothers and infants. HMBANA Position Paper on Donor Milk Banking (pdf)

Ethical and safety considerations for milk donation: Donor Human Milk: Ensuring Safety and Ethical Allocation (pdf)

MEMBERSHIP

Associate Institutional (non-voting)
$40.00/year (any hospital or professional group committed to the concept of donor milk as part of medical treatment)

Individual (non-voting)
$30.00/year (any interested individual in the health professions, research, or the community)

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WHO DO WE SERVE

Currently there are 18 HMBANA member milk banks (see Milk Bank Locations) providing human donor milk to the US and Canada. In the US in 2014, HMBANA banks served 50 states and 264 cities and in Canada, 3 provinces and 7 cities.

ACCREDITATION

Each HMBANA milk bank is assessed yearly and required to provide evidence of adherence to the most recent edition of "Guidelines for the Establishment and Operation of a Donor Human Milk Bank," published annually by HMBANA.