Shakelford Family

My journey as a mother began with heartbreaking news: my first daughter, Mila, had a lethal form of dwarfism and passed away just two days after birth. While the pain lingers, donating my breast milk has given me strength, turning my grief into a force for good. As part of the Mothers’ Milk Bank, I see the profound impact of collective compassion, providing vulnerable infants with the best chance for a healthy future. I’m proud to contribute to this important cause and express my heartfelt gratitude for the impactful work you do. Thank you for bringing hope and healing to families in need.”
– V. Shakelford

Stories of Impact

Rachel Land

A note from our Medical Director

“Since Mothers’ Milk Bank first opened its doors nearly fifty years ago, serving at-risk babies and families has been at the heart of what we do. As a neonatologist at one of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals, I am deeply connected to the organization’s mission, impact, research, and to continuing this lifesaving work with the Mothers’ Milk Bank team!”

R. Jones

Donating after loss

“Because of our son Avi, my body is able to give the life-sustaining gift of breastmilk to other babies who desperately need it. This gift not only helps me in my grieving process, it infuses deeper meaning into the reality that he existed. His life is now giving life to other children. We are saving lives for Avi, and because of Avi. Thank you, Mother’s Milk Bank!”
-R. Jones

B. Krebs

Lifesaving nutrients for my at-risk baby

To all the donors that generously give your excess breastmilk, thank you! Because of your generosity, I have been able to feed my baby exclusively breastmilk for his first 10 weeks of life. We are so grateful for you and your milk!

-B. Krebs

What’s New

New Human Milk Collection Center Orange County

New Human Milk Collection Center Orange County

New Human Milk Collection Center Orange CountyMOMS of Orange County and Mothers’ Milk Bank Partnered to establish OC’s First Human Milk Collection Center. Kick-off Event to be Held August 18 During Breastfeeding Awareness Month Santa Ana, Calif. (August 3, 2023) -...

Breast Milk Donation Drive: Santa Cruz Breastfeeding Coalition

Breast Milk Donation Drive: Santa Cruz Breastfeeding Coalition

In honor of Mothers’ Day, you are invited to a Breast Milk Donation Drive at The Circle Family Center in Aptos, California on May 4, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Bring your frozen milk or join us to learn more about how to become a milk donor! There will be crafting...

Central Valley Lactation Conference

Central Valley Lactation Conference

Friday, April 29th, 20228:00 am - 4:30 pm Madera Golf Course23200 Avenue 17Madera, CA 93637 Early Bird fee: $60 (until April 8th)Regular fee: $75*Continental breakfast & lunch included For more information or to register, click HERE or scan the barcode