This paper discusses strategies to boost milk donation rates beyond the current 1% of US women expressing milk who do donate it. There is an enormous need for donor human milk, and identifying strategies to boost donation rates is a key component to making donor milk more accessible. As outlined in the paper, these 6 […]
This blogpost tells the story of Monique, who chose to pump and donate her breastmilk after the loss of her daughter, Freya. By sharing stories like these, healthcare professionals can be better educated to advocate for bereaved parents in how to support their lactation options and concerns after the loss of a child. Read More […]
The Top Four Misunderstandings about Milk Banks Why does Lactation Matter? Milk banks are surrounded by common misunderstandings. Sometimes the best way to understand a topic is by debunking myths about it. This blog post clears up some of the more common misunderstandings about milk banks (what happens when milk is pasteurized, what are the […]
How can we, as lactation support professionals, encourage and support lactating mothers to donate their extra breastmilk to a milk bank? Educating ourselves and our clients about the donation process and importance of donation is an important part of this. We’ve included a blogpost that shares the basic steps involved in milk donation, and another […]
The Milk Mob was lucky enough to talk with Summer Kelly, who is the Executive Director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Western Great Lakes in Chicago, IL. We asked her to give us an update on how things are going with the new Milk Bank, and to chat with us about human milk banking in general.
Have you wondered why a woman decides to donate her breastmilk? In the research study described in this paper, 97 peer milk donors completed a survey assessing their motivation to donate their milk via online milksharing networks (Human Milk 4 Human Babies and Eats on Feets). In common with milk bank donors, these peer-to-peer […]
There are currently 18 Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) milk banks providing donor human milk to the United States and Canada. These milk banks follow HMBANA’s standardized system of collecting milk and screening donors. The milk is pasteurized and tested and then made available to babies by physician prescription, particularly to those […]