Mothers' Milk Bank
May 28, 2019 7:00 AM
Laraine Gorman
Mothers' Milk Bank

Who – Mothers’ Milk Bank’s donors are women who produce milk in excess of their own babies’ needs and who complete the screening process. Babies who receive the milk may be premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive.

Why – The health benefits received from using human milk (breast milk) for newborns, especially premature newborns, cannot be replicated by any commercial formula product. Donations to and receiving milk from a nonprofit milk bank guarantees that the milk will be safe, unaltered and provided to the babies who need it most.

What – A nonprofit program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation (RMCHF), Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB) collects, processes, tests and provides donor human milk (breast milk) to babies across the country. MMB is also a member of and adheres to the strict guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).

When –  MMB was established in 1984. Since then, more than 5.5 million ounces of milk has been collected from more than 12,500 donors and dispensed to more than 120 hospitals in 35 states.

Where – While MMB is physically located in Denver, Colorado, it has had donors from all 50 states in its history. This is made possible by the many Donation & Outreach Centers that serve as drop-off locations for donors located all over the country.