Mothers’ Milk Bank
Provide Donor Milk To Premature Infants Failing To ThriveMothers Milk Bank in San Jose California is a charter member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America was established in 1974 as San Jose Mothers Milk Bank in response to the need to provide donor milk to premature infants failing to thrive. We provide prescription donor human milk to 93 hospitals and hundreds of families in 13 states.
We thank all the mothers willing to donate breast milk to help infants through providing donor milk to hospital infant ICUs and those infants prescribed breast milk. Their efforts have saved thousands of lives and we strive every year to help them and the infants that need donor milk.
This year in our 40th Anniversary.
Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrates it’s 40th anniversary this year and is the oldest and largest 501c3 non-profit milk bank in the US. Our mission is to meet a national need by collecting, processing and distributing donor human milk (breast milk) to vulnerable infants failing to thrive and supporting mothers who are struggling feed their infants with breast milk.
Mothers’ Milk Bank was initially based on a case where a twin brother was suffering with very poor weight gain even though his twin was doing fine without breast milk. As a result of a diet of donated breast milk, he successfully gained weight and a healthy outcome resulted. This set the seeds of a legacy of volunteer support from Santa Clara County mothers to help babies in their community to thrive through donated milk.
Mothers’ Milk Bank is licensed by the State Department of Health in California and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality as a Tissue Bank. The Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose is registered by the FDA to provide donor milk. As a charter member of HMBANA,our procedures are considered the standard of safety to protect donor mother and baby recipients.
Passing on Mothers Love to Infants
In 2013, the Mothers’ Milk Bank distributed over 570,000 oz. of donor milk to preterm infants and children unable to digest other sources of nutrition. Donors from many states continue to support our effort to answer the call from babies who need donor milk to survive and supply enough donor milk to feed premature infants in hospitals.
Research continues to support the benefits of breast feeding. Demand continues to rise for breast milk as physicians and families recognize that breast milk not only helps babies get the best nutrition while their mothers are supported to breastfeed successfully, but that it also provides critical antibodies and anti-bacterial benefits to infants. This is especially critical for premature babies and critically ill children which desperately need breast milk that may not be available to them from their mother.
Donor human milk from the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank is the bridge to help both mothers and children start a healthy beginning.