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Houston Depot Closure Notice

Calling all Houston donors! Texas Lactation Consultants and Children’s Memorial Hermann are currently down for maintenance, so they’re unfortunately unable to receive donations at this time. Please refer to our website for alternative drop-off locations nearest you. Keep the upcoming holiday in mind, and contact your local depot if you need to bring in donations

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Tucson Medical Center opens its first milk depot

Congratulations to the Tucson Medical Center! TMC launched its first milk depot on August 2, just in time to kick off National Breastfeeding Month. The hospital has a long-standing relationship with the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin and has been using donor milk from MMBA in its postpartum unit for years. Learn more about the

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Congrats and Farewell to MMBA Intern Trinity Carter

Last week, Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin said goodbye to our intern, Trinity Carter, who has completed her Masters of Public Health degree at Baylor University. During her nine-month internship at MMBA, Trinity worked with Breast Milk Equity and Education (BEEP) Program Manager Kristina Garrison-Clarke, MSW and Executive Director Kim Updegrove, CNM, MSN, MPH, who

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2020 Girls Giving Grants Awards: Friends of the Children Austin & Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin

Impact Austin – June 12, 2021 Girls Giving Grants is a youth initiative of Impact Austin. Last year the 95 members of Girls Giving Grants made their largest award ever – $10,300 – and divided it between Friends of the Children Austin & Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin. This grant will support MMBA’s Charitable Care Program,

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Kim Updegrove honored by American College of Nurse-Midwives

Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin’s is proud to recognize Kim Updegrove, our executive director since 2010, on her selection as a 2021 Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The induction ceremony took place during the association’s virtual annual meeting on May 23. “Fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives is an honor bestowed

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Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital now accepting breast milk donations for NICU babies

Community Impact Newspaper – May 20, 2021 The Willowbrook location will allow easier access for northwest Houstonians to donate breast milk, which is in high demand, according to officials. Eligible donors include women who are currently breastfeeding infants younger than 1. Read full article!

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Nursing is more than a job – it’s a calling

San Antonio Express-News – May 10, 2021 Noelle Thomas, a NICU nurse manager at St. Luke’s Health — The Woodlands Hospital, drove to the Austin milk bank in the winter storm to pick up donor human milk and take it to several hospitals. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we, as a community, look

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Central Texas woman hits breast milk donation milestone

KWTX – April 28, 2021 “A local mom hit a major milestone, donating more than 5,000 ounces of breast milk, and she’s encouraging other moms to consider donating, too. Aubrie donated breast milk to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco from May 2020 to January of this year providing enough milk for

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Researchers conducting study to determine whether breast milk can protect babies from COVID-19

KSAT San Antonio – February 27, 2021 Our Executive Director, Kim Updegrove, comments on the need for research on COVID-19 and human milk Read full article!

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2020 At A Glance

We’re saving babies’ lives one drop of donor human milk at a time: Provided over 7,220 gallons of milk to 155 hospitals and 145 in-home babies in TX and 21 other states Received over 1.4 million ounces of milk from 1,898 unique milk donors Donated $250,000 in charitable care to medically fragile babies whose insurance

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Podcast: Milk Banking: Update on Processes, Policies and what about COVID?

How has the COVID crisis impacted donations, either from the perspective of the donor or the staff? And is the COVID-19 virus released into the milk, and if so, can it be destroyed through Holder pasteurization? Is donor milk a “breastmilk substitute”, or not? Find out the answers to these and other questions on this

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5 Health Care Organizations Serving Texas Communities

EZVid Wiki – November 15, 2019 From people living with devastating diseases to new mothers dealing with birth complications to kids with broken arms, we all rely on health care services at some point in our lives. The Texas organizations listed here are dedicated to helping their communities by providing quality care and life-saving services,

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New Knoxville Breast Milk Collection Site

WBIR Knoxville – September 17, 2019 A new milk depot in Knoxville is helping with the nationwide demand to help babies in the NICU. It allows new moms to give back and support others in need. It all started late last year when a lactation consultant realized Knoxville was the only major Tennessee city that

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Austin mom donates about 14 gallons of breast milk to local milk bank

KXAN – October 12, 2018 “For months, Randan Steinhauser pumped breast milk, in hopes her seven-week premature twin daughters would be able to drink it once they got out of the hospital. “The one thing that I could do when I was at home, to feel connected to them when I was at home, was

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Top non-profits for moms

Austin Moms Blog – September 12, 2018  “I live here, I give here. This statement is powerful, and it shows that we can make a difference with our money, time, and talent in the city we love so dearly. I’ve rounded up 12 of my favorite nonprofits for moms in Austin. I chose these because

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Making a Difference – Moms Helping Moms

KEYE CBS Austin – May 11, 2018 Haley downplays the gifts she has to give – love and devotion to her son whom she nurtured through the NICU stay and beyond; dedication to creating the precious milk first provided to her son by donors to the Milk Bank; time, energy, and expertise for volunteer milk

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Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin Dispenses 5 Million Ounces

Austin 360 – Dec. 14, 2017  “As of Thursday, Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin officially has distributed 5 million ounces of breast milk to preterm and medically fragile babies since it opened in 1999. The milk has been donated by more than 8,000 mothers, and been given to more than 29,000 babies from around the

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Austin-American Statesman

Dec. 15, 2017 – “Every ounce of milk dispensed represents a compassionate gift from a donor, and a lifesaving gift to a recipient. Over the past 18 years, with the support of our community, we have expanded our impact to serve babies in need across Texas and 22 other states,” said Kim Updegrove, Milk Bank’s

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Banking on Breast Milk

ATX Woman Magazine – July 2017 Read the exciting article about our Executive Director, Kim Updegrove, and her journey to becoming the ED of the largest Milk Bank in North America. “After 30 years spent working in the health sector, matched with her extensive experience directing the largest milk bank in the country, Updegrove says

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Saving Lives One Drop at a Time

Travis County Medical Journal – May-June 2017 The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is proud to be featured in the May-June 2017 Edition of the Travis County Medical Journal on page 28. Read full article!    

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Mothers’ Milk Bank & Zilker Brewing Beer, Babies & Boobs

Thank you the everyone who joined us on Feb. 2nd 2017 for our Beer, Babies & Boobs Kick-Off Party! We had an amazing time enjoying food from the ART of TACOS, music from the Jon Klekman Quartet, on-site screen printing by Fine Southern Gentlemen and showcasing the art of Villafaña Art – Art by Marcy

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Grand Opening of our new building

We want to extend our most heartfelt appreciation to everyone who joined us for our Sip & Slab Celebration. At the end of the day we walked through our future home reading the messages on the walls–our eyes a little teary and our hearts filled with joy–knowing without YOU this dream would not be possible.

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MMBA Received a Grant From The St. David’s Foundation

Gratitude was on display everywhere at the St. David’s winter grant announcement event. 50 nonprofits were the recipients of grants, and Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin received $290,000 to support the launch of a new lactation and doula education program.   December 19, 2019   Read full article!    

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Breast Milk Donations Continue Curbside Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

KSAT News – April 24, 2020 Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin, our milk collection sites, and local hospitals are taking extra steps during the pandemic to protect babies and donors. During this interview, our Executive Director Kim Updegrove talks about the need for more donor milk during this pandemic. Read full article!  

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Texas Moms Donated More Than 5,500 Ounces of Breastmilk During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Parents Magazine – May 26,2020 Beaumont, TX is home to a milk drop-off site where Lactation Consultant Kara Michael is working overtime to recruit new milk donors and facilitate easy drop-offs. Local Beaumont donors have contributed over 5,500 ounces of milk since March, helping us keep hospitals supplied with donor milk that’s more in demand

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Podcast: breastmilk donation on The First Latch Podcast

There are over 60,000 preterm births in the United States each year. Breastmilk can be medicine for these babies which makes breastmilk donation so important. Kim Updegrove, executive director of the Mothers Milk Bank at Austin is our guest today.   Tune in!    

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Podcast: all you wanted to know about milk banking on All Things Breastfeeding

Milk banking Non-profit milk banking in the United States is rapidly growing! We have the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) here is the US, Mexico, and Canada. At this point we have 27 milk banks and 5 under development in North America. Milk banking was developed in 1985. Tune in! 

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Podcast: donating your breastmilk saves lives on Hello My Trybe

Kim Updegrove, executive director of the largest milk bank in the world, shares the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin with us. Why is there a need for donor milk? What are the issues with informal sharing? Learn how you can help save the most fragile babies, and families from more heartache.   Motherhood is a

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Winner of 2017 Nonprofit Ethics in Business & Community Award

The Ethics in Business & Community Award, sponsored by Recognize Good, is given annually to businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who exemplify ethical practices in their official dealings and day-to-day endeavors including outstanding honesty, fairness, respect, social justice, and sustainability.      

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Austin 360 – more women giving to Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin as need for breast milk increases during Coronavirus

In this time of pandemic, the Austin milk bank has seen an increase in the number of mothers donating — 900 women in the first six months, up 20 percent from 2019, which was the bank’s record year.   Read More

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Regional One Health – breastmilk is lifesaving medicine for NICU babies

Regional One Health is helping “donor warriors” provide mom-to-mom, woman-to-woman support through their milk collection site in Memphis, TN.   Read More

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KIII 3 News – The Importance of breast milk donations, how to donate during the pandemic

Despite the pandemic, local hospitals still encourage mothers who are able to produce breast milk to help donate if they can to MMBA.   Read More

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Breastfeeding Medicine podcast

Breastfeeding in the age of COVID-19. A conversation with 3 members of the HMBANA organization about human milk banking during the pandemic.   Tune In!    

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Winner of Mission Capital outstanding nonprofit award 2018

This award is presented to a stand-out organization whose relentless focus on results has created powerful progress for the Central Texas community.   Read More

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