Check out the latest news and events across the nonprofit milk banking world in the United States and Canada.
In response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, a recent article in the Journal of Human Lactation called for the disinfection of individual bags of raw breast milk and bottles of donor human milk in milk banking and clinical settings. This was despite statements from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that foodborne exposure is not a known transmission route. It is extremely unfortunate that these recommendations were created and published without the involvement of milk banking and food safety experts.
This is a difficult time, and like so many other organizations, businesses, and individuals, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is quickly gaining information and guidance for COVID-19.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) and its network of nonprofit milk bank members reached new heights in 2019. Nearly 7.4 million ounces of pasteurized donor human milk was distributed to fragile babies throughout Canada and the US, representing a nearly 1 million increase over 2018.
If you have extra breast milk, here's how you can help during COVID-19.
Regretfully, HMBANA’s 2020 International Donor Milk Conference in Austin, Texas is now cancelled due to concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
HMBANA now has a full statement on milk banking and COVID-19, detailing safety measures for processing pasteurized donor human milk, HMBANA's guidelines, and more.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is pleased to share that Dr. Tarah Colaizy, Professor, Pediatrics/Neonatology, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa has accepted the role of research director.
HMBANA is calling for poster submissions for its 2020 International Donor Milk Conference. Early bird registration is over at the end of the month.
Interview with upcoming HMBANA conference keynote speaker, Dr. Andrew Bremer, Chief, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch, Division of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health.
Interview with Lesley Mondeaux, Chair of the 2020 International Donor Milk Conference
11/8/19, Ft Worth, TX – The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) expresses its sincerest condolences to the affected families and community in the recent deaths and illnesses of newborns at Geisinger Medical Center’s NICU.
HMBANA seeks a volunteer Research Director to represent its views on human milk pasteurization and donor milk as a feeding method for fragile infants.
HMBANA’s membership recently appointed four new board members and extended the term of its incumbent board secretary for another two years. Board members were sought to enhance diversity of thought and representation, and bring an awareness either by experience or expertise of the need for expanded access to donor human milk in healthcare settings.
HMBANA is seeking new board members with expertise in the health care, legal and business fields, nonprofit management, research, milk donation, or other skill sets that serve HMBANA’s mission.
Member milk banks came to Chicago this month to participate in HMBANA’s 2019 symposium on milk banking. They attended a keynote session on equity and multiple sessions on milk processing, donor screening, communications and outreach, and more.
HMBANA’s partner organization PATH, an international health organization, has published “Strengthening Human Milk Banking: A Resource Toolkit for Establishing and Integrating Human Milk Banks,” a new set of global, freely accessible resources.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) and its 27 nonprofit human milk bank members reached new heights in 2018, with donor human milk distribution at almost 6.5 million ounces dispensed to fragile babies throughout Canada and the US.
The new 2019 edition and fourth edition of HMBANA’s, “Best Practice for Expressing, Storing and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes, and Child Care Settings” is now available for purchase.
This guide provides recommendations on expressing, storing, and handling human milk based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence, and, where that is lacking, expert opinion. It includes ten sections, plus eight additional appendices.
Including donor milk in prenatal education helps teach parents their options. By the time donor milk is needed, a newborn might be sick and parents might be exhausted and stressed out. Knowing about milk banking ahead of time can help.
HMBANA has a new look. Our new website, logo and tagline are designed to communicate our core value of promoting a world where all infants have access to pasteurized donor human milk.
How to handle donor milk during Hurricane Florence.
Ochsner Baptist – A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center – is pleased to celebrate the accreditation and opening of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) and its 27 nonprofit human milk bank members reached new heights in 2017, with donor human milk distribution capping 5.75 million ounces dispensed to fragile babies throughout Canada and the US.
For World Prematurity Day 2017 (11/17/17), the international health policy nonprofit organization PATH published the policy brief, “Ensuring Equitable Access to Human Milk for All Infants,” in conjunction with the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is pleased to highlight its newest board members, Diana Derige and Ngoc Kouzmitch.
Diana and Ngoc were chosen through a process that was focused explicitly on adding board expertise to help HMBANA increase its institutional capacity for focusing on increasing donor human milk access, equity, and incorporating non-dominant cultural perspectives.
May 5-6, 2017, Arlington, TX - This weekend, over 120 milk banking executive directors, practitioners, and developing milk banks attended the first annual nonprofit milk banking symposium to discuss...
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...
HMBANA Announces New Board of Directors FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is pleased to announce its newly...