Human Milk Donation

In our local area there are two formal options for milk donation: 

A) Community-Based Milk Sharing Organization: 

Mother's Milk Alliance | Madison, Wisconsin - "Mothers’ Milk Alliance (MMA) was founded by volunteer licensed midwives in response to well-informed, highly motivated local mothers seeking to safeguard proven benefits of milk sharing with modern health research and practice. MMA is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education and health screening, and free and local accessibility for infants up to 6 months of age. Our hope is that one day all human newborns can have access to human milk..." 

Donation process: "It starts with your phone call or email. A compassionate and knowledgeable volunteer will support and guide your unique motivation for contacting MMA." Click on the *Contact Us" tab on the website for contact information: www.mothersmilkalliance.org

B) Human Milk Bank Association of North America (HMBANA) Milk Banks:* 

Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes - Located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, MMBWGL has milk depots located in Dane County to collect donor milk which is then processed in Illinois.  Local hospital neonatal intensive care units in Dane County use pasteurized donor milk from MMBWGL.  Breast milk for these babies is considered vital to the survival of vulnerable newborns.

Guidelines for expressing and storing milk:
Donating mothers should start with the following practices for expressing and storing milk: Donor Guidelines for Pumping and Handling. These guidelines are used by the Mother's Milk Alliance based on best practice recommendations from: Human Milk Banking Association of North America, Best Practice for Expressing, Storing and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes, and Child Care Settings. Frances Jones, 3rd Ed., 2011 

PLEASE NOTE:  Many milk banks have a minimum donation requirement (example: 100 ounces). However, in the case of bereavement (pregnancy or infant loss) these minimums are waived.  ANY amount of milk will be accepted from bereaved mothers by the organizations listed here.

*HMBANA (Human Milk Banking Association of North America) establishes guidelines for collection, storage and handling of human milk, acts as a clearinghouse for member milk banks in collecting and distributing human milk.  HMBANA, 4455 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 114-88, Fort Worth, TX 76107, (817)810-9984     http://www.hmbana.org/       Web site includes contact information for milk banks in North America.

Safe Sleep and Night Breastfeeding:

“Safe Sleep for You and Your Baby: A Guide for Breastfeeding Families” Color pamphlet from Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC,  2010       http://www.breastfeedingmadesimple.com/KKTtearsheet.pdf

Infant Sleep Information Source: http://www.isisonline.org.uk/

Information for parents and carers from Professor Helen Ball and the Durham University Parent – Infant Sleep Lab, United Kingdom.

“Why babies should never sleep alone: A review of the co-sleeping controversy in relation to SIDS, bedsharing and breast feeding” by James J. McKenna and Thomas McDade, Paediatric Respiratory Reviews (2005), 6, 134-152.      http://www.naturalchild.org/james_mckenna/cosleeping.pdf

 

“Safe Cosleeping Guidelines” from the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, Notre Dame University

http://cosleeping.nd.edu/safe-co-sleeping-guidelines/

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol on Cosleeping and Breastfeeding

http://www.bfmed.org/Resources/Protocols.aspx  See Protocol #6

"5 Cool Things No One Ever Told You About Nighttime Breastfeeding" from Breastfeed Chicago

http://breastfeedchicago.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/5-cool-things-no-one-ever-told-you-about-nighttime-breastfeeding/

 

Fox News Program on SIDS and Infant Deaths in Milwaukee, May 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3YXRf59TGs&sns=fb

 

“Should the AAP Sleep Alone?” by Melissa Bartick, MD. (Blog on Breastfeeding Medicine, April 9, 2014)

http://bfmed.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/should-the-aap-sleep-alone/

Safe Sleep and Night Breastfeeding:

“Safe Sleep for You and Your Baby: A Guide for Breastfeeding Families” Color pamphlet from Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC,  2010       http://www.breastfeedingmadesimple.com/KKTtearsheet.pdf

Infant Sleep Information Source: http://www.isisonline.org.uk/

Information for parents and carers from Professor Helen Ball and the Durham University Parent – Infant Sleep Lab, United Kingdom.

“Why babies should never sleep alone: A review of the co-sleeping controversy in relation to SIDS, bedsharing and breast feeding” by James J. McKenna and Thomas McDade, Paediatric Respiratory Reviews (2005), 6, 134-152.      http://www.naturalchild.org/james_mckenna/cosleeping.pdf

 

“Safe Cosleeping Guidelines” from the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, Notre Dame University

http://cosleeping.nd.edu/safe-co-sleeping-guidelines/

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol on Cosleeping and Breastfeeding

http://www.bfmed.org/Resources/Protocols.aspx  See Protocol #6

"5 Cool Things No One Ever Told You About Nighttime Breastfeeding" from Breastfeed Chicago

http://breastfeedchicago.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/5-cool-things-no-one-ever-told-you-about-nighttime-breastfeeding/

 

Fox News Program on SIDS and Infant Deaths in Milwaukee, May 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3YXRf59TGs&sns=fb

 

“Should the AAP Sleep Alone?” by Melissa Bartick, MD. (Blog on Breastfeeding Medicine, April 9, 2014)

http://bfmed.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/should-the-aap-sleep-alone/

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