Date: August 5, 2015

Nursing moms invited to donate milk

(8/1/15, San Jose, CA) The nonprofit Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & Breastfeeding Awareness Month with milk drives hosted in local communities throughout California and Nevada

Moms are encouraged to attend a milk drive in their area this month or call directly for a pre-screening at 877-375-6645.

These donor enrollment events welcome moms who are willing to donate breast milk to help feed premature and critically ill infants in neonatal intensive care.

MILK DRIVES in August & September

August 3,2015- San Diego Milk Drive, at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital, 9 am to 2 pm. We invite the public to come and bring their milk and families for a fun day. Past donors are welcomed too for a raffle and snacks. MMB will be on site to interview potential donors and have coolers prepared to ship donated milk.

August 3, 2015- Santa Clara Maternal Health Clinics will be having their annual fun day to celebrate Breastfeeding month. Come to your local Public health Clinic for a gathering to support breastfeeding.

August 8, 2015- Milk Drive at St. Rose in Las Vegas from 10am to 2 pm.

August 8, 2015- Stockton, Delta Health’s annual event to support breastfeeding. Contact Tamesha for additional information 209-751-3908.

August 11, 2015- Chico Milk Drive at Enloe Hospital, 1531 Esplanade, Chico ,CA, for 8am to 12 noon. Pauline Sakamoto will present information about milk banking to health professionals for 1 CME unit. Come and enjoy the event. Contact Dora Anderson for more information 530-332-7586.

August 16, 2015- In collaboration with La Leche League in Santa Clara County, the Mothers’ Milk Bank Executive Director will be at the Breastfeeding event at Portal Park in Cupertino, 10299 N Portal from 3-6 pm. Bring your pot luck dish to share. It is open to anyone in Santa Clara County that is breastfeeding.

August 20, 2015- Los Gatos Community Hospital – 9 am to 11:30 am. This is the first MILK DRIVE in Santa Clara. If you are a donor or soon to be donor, come by and join the fun. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Doctors are invited for lunch at the hospital to hear Dr. Ron Cohen speak on Milk Banking. Contact Diana Morgan Hickey for additional information 503-819-3244.

August 27,2015- Children’s Hospital LA — Time is TBD. Contact Mandy for additional information 323-361-6249.

August 28, 2015- Ventura Milk Drive, time TBD- Pauline Sakamoto will be speaking to doctors about MMB services for 1 CME unit. Contact Paris for additional information 805-415-2553.

September 19, 2015- Sonoma County Milk Drive at Howard’s Park in Santa Rosa, time TBD. Contact Heredia for additional information707-889-0608.

September 25, 2015- Santa Barbara Milk Drive, time TBD. Contact Jennifer Ferrick for additional information 805-569-8250.

After nearly disappearing in the 1980’s milk banking is on a major upward trajectory with new milk banks underway and demand from hospitals at an all-time historic high.

Mothers’ Milk Bank screens healthy lactating women as potential donors using a specialized clinical review for infants and human milk.

Moms who are currently breastfeeding and have extra supplies of breast milk in their freezer are encouraged to bring in the frozen milk, in a cooler on ice, for donation. That milk will be held in reserve until the screening process is completed.

Once the milk is accepted by the Milk Bank, it undergoes testing for bacteria and is processed using a special pasteurization method that eliminates bacteria while maintaining most of the health benefits of the milk.

The nonprofit Mothers’ Milk Bank is supported by donors from many states who ship milk to the facility where it is tested and pasteurized for the most vulnerable infants. Most moms who are eligible to donate blood are also eligible to donate milk. To find out more call the Mothers’ Milk Bank at 877-375-6645 or visit online and at

Contact: Stephania Panayotopoulos