MMB celebrates 12,000th milk donor!

Kathryn Brecht is a neonatal nurse practitioner who spends her days caring for fragile newborns.  On June 1, she gave birth to her second healthy baby, Maximilian, and she knew she was lucky.  “I’m very fortunate that I produce more milk than my baby needs.”    She knew she wanted to donate her milk.  “When babies are born prematurely, they have many obstacles to overcome before they can go home. Providing them with good nutrition is key to helping them grow so they can overcome these obstacles. I am delighted that my donor human milk will play a part in helping them thrive and go home.”

Kathryn was the Mothers’ Milk Bank’s 12,000 donor since opening its doors 33 years ago.

Brecht encourages other mothers to share their gift of life.   “I’ve taken care of many babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit over the past 11 years, first as a bedside nurse and now as a neonatal nurse practitioner, and witness daily the benefits of donor human milk. If you are a breastfeeding mother and have a surplus of milk, please consider donating it to help premature babies. Providing these babies with good nutrition is vital to getting them home, and a little bit of your milk truly goes a long way! If you’re like me, you might be leery of committing to anything that might take up your time in an already busy life with small children. If you’re already pumping and collecting milk for your own baby, the most time-consuming part of the donation process is already done! “

MMB thanks Kathryn for sharing the gift of life!



September Provider Bulletin

Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

A  2017 study of 830 women by Langer-Gould A, et al published in the journal Neurology found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). This study showed that women who breastfed for a total of at least 15 months over one or more pregnancies were 53 percent less likely to develop MS or its precursor. Previous studies showed that women with MS have less symptoms of the disease during pregnancy. The authors speculate this may have to do with lack of ovulation during breastfeeding.


HMBANA Seeks Executive Director


June 8, 2017

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), established in 1985, is the professional and trade organization of non-profit human milk banks in the US and Canada, and is internationally recognized as the expert in safe processing of donor human milk and in milk expression and storage. The number of milk banks and the demand for safe, pasteurized donor milk are increasing and HMBANA seeks an Executive Director (ED) to advance its presence in medical, government, new parent and general communities and further its internal growth.


May Provider E-Bulletin

Long-Term Benefits of Breastfeeding and Donor Human Milk


While short-term improvements in outcomes for infants fed human milk have held our attention for years, reduced illness for example, articles highlighting long-term consequences are less common, but even more intriguing. A recent article published in 2016 examined initial evidence of a positive association between human milk feedings in preterm infants and long-term cardiac structure and function compared with formula fed infants.




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