Category Archives: Did you know?

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 toContinue Reading

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

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

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

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

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