Did You Know that September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month (NICA)?

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s across the country house our smallest, most fragile babies and help them to recover, grow and eventually thrive outside of the NICU. It is hard to imagine what life is like in the NICU if you have never had a baby in the NICU. NICA Month was founded in 2014 to raise awareness about the challenges that babies, families, and health professionals face in the NICU. It is designed to honor families experiencing stays in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the health professionals who care for them. In honor of NICA month, mothers, fathers, grandparents, NICU nurses, and neonatologists have taken the time to share their stories to raise awareness about the challenges, the joys, the grief, the loss, and the perseverance experienced in the NICU every single day.

Below is a link to great blog that gives just a sliver of the kinds of things NICA Month is raising awareness about….it will pull at your heart strings:)

5 Things I Want Everyone to Know During NICU Awareness Month

Donor Milk: A Bridge to Exclusive Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine both recommend that pasteurized donor milk be used instead of formula when supplementation of breastfed infants is medically necessary. Human Donor Milk (HDM) has a long history of use in NICU to help preterm and sick babies thrive. More recently, the use of donorContinue Reading

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 donorContinue Reading

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 https://www.missoulagives.org//organizations/mothers-milk-bank-of-montana 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