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

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.