About Mothers’ Milk Bank
Mother’s Milk Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tissue bank providing safe and processed breast milk for babies and others who are under the care of a health care professional. This organization, known as the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank, was established in 1974 in San Jose, California to collect excess breast milk from volunteer breastfeeding mothers , store the breastmilk for optimal nutritional value, process the breastmilk to remove viruses and bacteria that may cause illness and distribute donor human milk to hospitals and families. As a charter member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), our standards of processing donated breast milk is the basis of operation for milk banking organizations. Mothers’ Milk Bank is licensed as a Tissue Bank in California and Maryland and registered with the FDA.
Mission: Our mission is to enhance the availability and use of breast milk for all babies.
Vision: Our vision is for every infant in the world to receive the best possible start in life by breastfeeding or receiving donated human milk.
Who do we serve? Over 570,000 ounces distributed in 2013 to infants and children!
Mothers’ Milk Bank provides processed donated breast milk to 94 hospitals. We continue to receive orders from more hospitals weekly. There is scientific evidence that breastmilk and donor human milk is the optimal nutrition of choice for the most fragile and vunerable infants in the NICU. Physicians are ordering donor human milk for infants who are in medical need in other hospital units as well as at discharge so they can be home with their families.
Mothers’ Milk Bank NEEDS BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS’ HELP!
Many of our recipient families are so very thankful when we are able to provide the donated breast milk that is needed for their infants. These infants cannot ingest formulas without undue stress, pain, gastric upset and allergic reactions. They are thankful for the pasteurizing and testing of the volunteer mother’s breastmilk to keep it safe and clean for their babies and as nutritious as possible. Many of these recipient mothers are desperately trying to breastfeed their babies with limited success due to physical ailments, surgery or chronic illnesses. The support these mothers get helps nourish their infants as well as supports the mom to continue her efforts in getting her breastmilk supply to successfully increase for her babies. Please see our facebook account, www.facebook/freshestmilk.com for the stories of the families that we have served along with our other social media platforms (badges with links found below in footer). Mothers’ Milk Bank continues to respond to a rising need and demand for donor human milk for infants to survive.
Why Donate to the Mothers’ Milk Bank? FAST, EASY and FREE!
Breast milk donation fulfills an important role in keeping babies healthy and thriving. The Mothers’ Milk Bank fosters safety and secure processing so that volunteer mothers with increased milk supply can rest assure that her breast milk is clean and being used for the right infant. We distribute the milk directly to the families and infants that need it the most!
By making the decision to donate your breast milk , you can save a life. Donating your breastmilk is easy. Call our toll free number, 1-877-375-6645, for a quick telephone interview. Our nurses and Spanish speaking Lactation Educator will provide the packet of forms and answer any questions that you might have. Once they receive the paperwork filled out, they will send you to get a free blood test.
Shipping the milk to us is free for you! We will provide a free shipping unit to your home to collect all the milk you are interested in donating! We accept frozen breast milk expressed prior to the screening as well as long as it has not been frozen for over 4-6 months. More shipping containers can be sent throughout your lactation period if you are able to produce more milk! We always have babies in need.