Human Milk Banking Symposium

In early May, over 120 milk banking executive directors, practitioners, and developing milk banks attended the first annual nonprofit milk banking symposium to discuss how human milk saves the lives of premature babies. The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) promotes equal access for all infants in need of equitably sourced, pasteurized donor human milk, and promotes breastfeeding. Two staff members from the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana attended the symposium.

“Our gathering to share best practices, define our goals, and promote the latest human milk research as it applies to milk banking is driven by our mission to meet the growing demand for donor milk,” said HMBANA Board President Naomi Bar-Yam.

Participants came from across the United States and as far as Vancouver to discuss donor milk’s rising use. Some key points highlighted during the symposium were:

  • Between 2000 to 2016, HMBANA milk banks distributed over 30 million ounces of pasteurized donor human milk
  • The use of nonprofit donor milk has more than doubled in the past five years alone, with 5.25 million ounces distributed in 2016.
  • The number of HMBANA milk banks has more than tripled in the last decade, creating a robust, safe, and reliable supply of donor milk that was able to meet continued growing demand in 2016.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recent endorsement of the value of HMBANA donor milk is expected to promote continued growth in 2017, which the expanding network of HMBANA milk banks is poised to meet.

Milk Riders

Brazil has over 200 milk banks sprinkled throughout the country, the largest network of donors and recipients in the world. Firefighters and mailmen in Brazil pick up and drop off donor milk in their daily routes. Now, the Milk Riders, a female motorcycle group in New York is helping the New York milk bank toContinue Reading

Miracle Milk

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the potent benefits of human milk are such that all preterm infants should receive human milk. If mothers own milk is unavailable despite significant lactation support, pasteurized donor milk should be used. For premature, sick and fragile babies, human milk is truly “Miracle Milk.” One of the manyContinue Reading

Missoula Gives 2017

Have you ever dreamed of making history? Of course we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of Missoula’s day of giving on May 4th and 5th. This is an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the largerContinue Reading

Liquid Gold

Breast milk is often referred to as “liquid gold” for its capacity to respond to the specific demands of a hungry, growing infant. The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana supports and promotes breastfeeding and mom’s own milk as the best option for babies. We also believe that human milk isn’t just nutrition-it’s medicine that providesContinue Reading

Ever wonder how Human Donor Milk is pasteurized….

Ever wonder how donor milk is pasteurized? Here is a quick synopsis of what happens from the time a donor expresses milk to the time it is distributed for use. Donors express milk at home, using personally owned equipment. They are given instruction on clean techniques for milk expression, including cleaning of pump parts, handContinue Reading

Missoula Gives

May 4th-5th, 6pm-6pm, will be a historic day for everyone in Missoula to GIVE BIG. You can learn more about the Day of Giving and support our campaign at Every dollar donated to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana on Missoula Gives Day will go to the Give the Gift of Milk Fund toContinue Reading

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