HMBANA believes in a world where all infants have access to human milk through the support of breastfeeding and the use of pasteurized donor human milk.

Founded in 1985, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) mobilizes the healing power of donor milk by accrediting nonprofit milk banks in the US and Canada and setting international guidelines for pasteurized donor human milk.

Our 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.

Thanks to Our Supporters

HMBANA is supported by membership fees from its member nonprofit milk banks, foundation funds, and individual donors. 

In 2016, HMBANA received a three-year strategic planning grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to advance community-based, nonprofit human milk banking.