Founders of Mother's Milk Bank of Montana

Mother’s Milk Bank of Montana was founded by three women who are passionate about the benefits of breast milk in helping premature infants and babies requiring special medical care. They also recognized a huge need. Although the numbers of babies in need was large, there was not a human milk bank between Seattle or the west coast and the midwest U.S. To serve that need, the Mother’s Milk Bank of Montana was born. MMBMT serves hospitals and families in Idaho, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota, as well as Montana.

Linsey WiesemannLinsey Wiesemann

Linsey is the Co-Executive Director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana.  In 2007, Linsey graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse at the Birth Center in Missoula for two years in labor and delivery.  She also managed a Nurse Practitioner Clinic for two years.

Linsey has been a childbirth educator for 6 years and currently teaches classes at the Lotus Project. In 2013 she completed training to be a Certified Lactation Counselor.  She is the mother of five children, two of whom are adopted from Ethiopia.

Jessica WelbornJessica Welborn

Jessica is the Co-Executive Director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana. In 2011, Jessica completed a doctorate in Perinatal Psychology at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, with a focus on the psychological impact of donating breast milk following a perinatal loss.  She wrote a toolkit based on her dissertation that provides healthcare providers with information about how to address lactation with bereaved mothers.

Jessica worked for two years as the Donor Coordinator at the Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose., CA  Jessica also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) and Forestethics. She loves exploring the beauty of Montana with her husband Brandt and son Wilder.

Jennifer StiresJennifer Stires

Jennifer is a founding member of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana. Jennifer is a Missoula native and graduated from Montana State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing.  While working as a Public Health Nurse she became passionate about improving health through breastfeeding.

She became a CLC in 2006 and an IBCLC in 2008.  Also in 2008, Jennifer opened the Nursing Nook, a community centered lactation resource which offers walk-in support, consultations, and nursing accessories. When Jennifer is not assisting new parents with breastfeeding she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her husband and 3 beautiful daughters.