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The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana is one of 26 nonprofit milk banks in the United States and Canada that exist to provide human donor milk to the most vulnerable babies. The standards for nonprofit milk banking are set by the Human Milk Bank Association of North America (HMBANA), which was established in 1985. HMBANAContinue Reading

Benefits of Human Milk for Premature Infants

Each year, about 10% (38,000) of babies are born premature in the United States. Preemies are at risk for a number of health issues, including Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially life threatening disease that causes inflammation in the tissues of the large intestine. Breast milk, whether it be a mother’s own milk or human donorContinue Reading

Breastfeeding Saves Lives

The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child and health survival. If every child was breastfed within an hour after of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, andContinue Reading

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Connect with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana! Click here to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter and to get regular updates about the happenings at the milk bank: Thanks for your support!Continue Reading

Donor Milk

Milk banking has its roots in wet-nursing, a common practice for all of recorded history. Milk banking began in France in the 1800s and the first human milk bank was established in the United States in Boston, MA, in 1912. Today milk banks blend, pasteurize and store donated milk before it is frozen and shippedContinue Reading

Movie Screening of MILK Documentary May 12th

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana is hosting a screening of MILK, a fascinating and eye opening documentary about the intricacies of birth and infant feeding around the world We are showing the film on Thursday May 12th at 6:30pm. Drinks will be available at the bar and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Here isContinue Reading

Could Medicaid Cover the Cost of Human Donor Milk for Your Baby?

 Medicaid and Human Donor Milk Unfortunately donor milk can be a tricky thing to get covered under insurance. That being said, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana has had some success in working with Medicaid to cover the cost of human donor milk in cases where it was a medical necessity for the baby. InContinue Reading

Give Local Missoula Day is on May 5th!

Celebrate your SUPER POWER on May 5th by giving to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana on Give Local Missoula Day! In 2014, because of your generous support, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana raised more than $3000 on Give Local Missoula Day. OUR GOAL FOR 2015 IS TO RAISE $4000 – BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! On MayContinue Reading

Crowd Sourcing Breastmilk – A Recipient Story

Below is the moving story of one of our donor milk recipients as featured earlier in March on ***   I couldn’t feed my baby. Those words still haunt me. I remember the first time I heard that sound. I pulled my newborn baby closer and, click, I unsnapped the nursing bra I only narrowly rememberedContinue Reading

Save the Date: Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories

Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories Melissa Bangs makes her way to the stage for two nights of storytelling.   Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th 6:00 Mingling & Cash Bar/7PM START (w mingling n sipping to continue post show) The Crystal Theatre (Missoula, Montana) – $10 advanced/$12 at the door SEE BELOW FORContinue Reading