mothers milk bank blogs and news

October 26, 2018

On November 17, designated “World Prematurity Day” by the March of Dimes, we invite you to support a new family by donating your milk at our breast milk drive. All donations will be accepted and you can get screened to become a milk donor.

October 25, 2018

30% of your purchase will be donated to us, when you mention that you are buying food from Pizza My Heart to support the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank.

March 1, 2018

Hear from 20 speakers on the latest development in human milk sciences. The President of the European Milk Banking Association will share their latest developments. Early Bird registration is still on!

More details can be found on the Human Milk Banking Association of North America website.

March 22, 2017

Breastfeeding as recommended -- for a total of one year and exclusively for six months -- could protect babies and their moms from premature death and serious diseases and save the U.S. more than $4.3 billion in health care and related costs, according to a new study

October 8, 2016

We had a successful Milk Drive in Redding! Thanks to the volunteers and host facility!

April 1, 2016

We find ourselves at a critical place in the advancement of the bill SB1316, in California to achieve more transparent and equitable policies around donor human milk.

We are turning to you, our donors and supporters to make your voices heard.

March 19, 2016

Remember when we discovered that aspirin was good for helping people who have had heart attacks? Say we discovered an even lower cost health intervention that could save many lives, make people healthier and smarter and was a completely renewable resource. And what if the people who needed it were babies?

January 29, 2016

Research has shown that using a technique called hands-on pumping maximises the volume of milk you can remove from the breast by as much as twice the amount collected from pumping alone.

Would you like to know how to do it?

January 15, 2016

San Bernardino County Baby's Optimal Nutrition with Ultimate Support Program kick-off event schedule

January 8, 2016

Do you REALLY have low milk supply?

Every day mothers panic and end breastfeeding or start using formula, even when there is not an underlying problem with their milk supply. Here's what to look for—and what not to worry about.

December 19, 2015

A large international study shows that breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor negative. This new combined evidence shows the risk was reduced by up to 20% in women who breastfed.

October 22, 2015

Research has shown that children who were breastfed score higher on IQ tests and perform better in school, but the reason why remained unclear. Now a new study shows that two parenting skills deserve the credit.

October 4, 2015

To prepare for breastfeeding, the most important thing you can do is have confidence in yourself and to plan ahead. Committing to breastfeeding starts with the belief that you can do it! Here are some steps you can take to prepare for breastfeeding.

September 22, 2015

If you're returning to work, try to get into the routine of expressing and storing your breastmilk. This will keep your milk supply up, and your baby can continue to get the benefits of your milk, even when you're not with him.

September 9, 2015

Even if you only nurse your baby for a few days or weeks, that early milk, called colostrum, provides an important source of antibodies to protect against disease as Baby's own immune system develops during the first year.

But did you know that breastfeeding benefits you, too?

August 20, 2015

Breastfeeding is the healthiest option to give your little one the best start in life. The benefits go way beyond providing basic nutrition. In addition to providing all the vitamins, nutrients and immune-building substances a baby needs, researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel suggest that it can cut the risk of childhood leukemia as well.

August 5, 2015

The nonprofit Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & Breastfeeding Awareness Month with milk drives hosted in local communities throughout California and Nevada. 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.

August 5, 2015

Breast milk contains essential nutrients needed for optimum infant growth and development. The Surgeon General has called on all sectors of the community, including employers, to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

May 19, 2015

In collaboration with its 28 member and developing member Mothers’ Milk Banks in North America, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is honoring all mothers who donate to non-profit mothers’ milk banks.

May 19, 2015

Since 2004, Brazil’s Human Milk Bank network (Bancos de Leite Humano or BLH-BR) has held an annual “National Day of Human Milk Donation” to promote the importance of donating milk to save the lives of thousands of premature babies.

May 18, 2015

Just recently I came across an article about a breast milk bank located in San Jose, CA, that was helping provide breast milk to babies in Las Vegas. How does that work? I mean, it makes sense; in centuries past, new mothers employed wet nurses, but this seemed different. In this instance, moms were generously donating their breast milk to help other moms’ babies.

April 28, 2015

Our Executive Durector, Pauline Sakamoto was interviewed by KCRW at our local KBAY studio along with a current donor and UC Davis neonatologist to discuss milk banking in light of all the bad press about tainted milk purchased unsafely online.

April 28, 2015

Ouch! Is this reality relatable? "As a WIC breastfeeding counselor told me, breastfeeding mothers are put in the same category as smokers— people who are wasting time when they should be working."

April 24, 2015

Our Execuitve Director, Pauline Sakamoto visited our local KBAY studio in downtown San Jose for a live to tape interview with KCRW about donor human milk. She was joined by a donor and a UC Davis neonatologist.

April 23, 2015

The Santa Rosa March of Dimes, March for Babies event took place on Saturday, April 18th, 2015. A mama and supporter of our milk bank along with her family raised the most funds in the entire North Bay. Becuase of their dedicated efforts and work they were rewarded with a tent in memory and honor of their little one.

April 22, 2015

Many new mothers have experienced abuse and adversity as children. They often wonder whether they will perpetuate the cycle of violence that they have experienced. They may also have a history of depression and wonder whether this has harmed their children. Fortunately, we can offer new mothers hope.

April 22, 2015

The 2nd Annual Miracle Milk Stroll, by Best for Babes is gearing up! Join a stroll in Milpitas on Saturday, May 2nd 2015 (or the nearest event to you) and help raise valuable funding for babies in need along with the NEC Society.

April 21, 2015

Precious NICU preemies must be carefully watched and monitored to ensure their condition is improving. But how preemies are cared for can differ. Some NICU nurses feed and care for based on charted instruction, while others work with cue-based feeding.

April 21, 2015

A fascinating video lecture about what the modern woman feels and experiences once she delivers and begins to breastfeed. A lesson in how far we've come...perhaps in direction that doesn't properly serve mothers.

April 14, 2015

Parents whose children are in the NICU have enough to worry about - and feeling even more stressed out about time and interaction being limited with their little one shouldn't be added to the list. Find out how this new school of thought benefits these precious preemies and parents.

April 13, 2015

A new study shows that mothers milk affects the development of baby's gut. "Low levels of the human breast milk sugar that feeds the beneficial gut microbe Bifidobacterium result in slower colonization of a baby’s intestines by the bacterium"

April 10, 2015

On the heels of breast milk and airports getting a lot of chatter because of Alyssa Milano's recent Heathrow experience, it got us thinking about airport breastfeeding/milk transport issues. Check and see if your local airport made the cut to being considered "breastfeeding-friendly."

April 9, 2015

Our Executive Director and HMBANA President Pauline Sakamoto was a guest on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny discussing the need for more breast milk - and how safety can be the differentiator in nonprofit HMBANA milk banks vs. the casual sharing space.

April 6, 2015

Today, CNBC released a true Buyer Be Ware story on the dangers of purchasing breastmilk online. The repercussions are substantial when buying milk that has not been properly prepared or tested. This purchased milk was ridden with bacteria and diluted with cows milk amongst other harmful practices.

April 5, 2015

"Ten percent of breast milk bought over the Internet is tainted with cows’ milk, according to a new study done by the same group of scientists who, two years ago, found very high levels of potentially dangerous bacteria and other micro-organisms in breast milk sold online.

March 27, 2015

The NYT just published an article on donating breast milk and battling against the casual sharers and sellers of this precious tissue.

March 25, 2015

Some pretty groundbreaking data to share! The below study found that pasteurized donor milk stays micro biologically safe up to 4 days in the refrigerator when use is similar in the NICU - far past the 24 hour myth believed by most.

March 24, 2015

Take a listen to Southern California's NPR station, KPCC as they delve into the sticky situation that is donating vs. selling breast milk.

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