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Baby Athena

She spent 12 hours in the NICU due to “difficulty to transition” which is fancy medical talk for she needs a little help breathing. Within 8 hours she was in the normal L&D room with me and attempting to nurse.

See how we helped Athena

Resources and Stories

Stories From Moms

Brooke’s Story: Donating after Heartbreak

If anyone we’ve talked to during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2021 is a rock star, it’s Brooke. Brooke Smith became a milk donor after the stillbirth of her son...

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Danielle Plattenburg Arnold

For our fourth interview of National Breastfeeding Month 2021, we interviewed Dr. Danielle Plattenburg Arnold about her work at Baylor, Scott & White Hospital as a pediatrician. We discuss...

Stories From Moms

McKayla’s Story: Donating after the NICU

“My son was born at 28 weeks and was in the NICU until 40 weeks. During those first 12 weeks of his life, I had to pump every three...

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Jae Kim

It’s the third week of National Breastfeeding Month already! Dr. Jae Kim sits down with MMBA’s executive director, Kim Updegrove, to discuss the value of milk banks and tell...

News

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...

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Lakshmy Vaidyanathan

To celebrate the second week of National Breastfeeding Month, we chat with Dr. Lakshmy Vaidyanathan. She shares how she’s incorporated breastfeeding education within her community and the art of...

News

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...

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Lisa Stellwagen

To kick off National Breastfeeding Month 2021, we interviewed Dr. Lisa Stellwagen about her work in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the importance (and challenges) of breastfeeding, the weirdest...

News

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...

Stories From Moms

Katherine’ Milk Donor Story: Pumping milk for NICU babies

Pumping milk can be a full-time job! Katherine not only exclusively pumped breast milk for her two babies but also found time to pump extra milk, store it, and...

Fundraising

2021 Amplify Austin Day: The Impact of 24 Hours of Giving

Your donation is helping us to provide over 8,600 ounces of life-saving donor human milk to our Charitable Care recipients!   This year during Amplify Austin, with your help,...

News

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...

News

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....

Stories From Moms

Recipient Mom Diana: Cancer survivor

Baby Kenna-Arella & Diana Milk Recipient Story “A breast cancer diagnosis is painful. It’s even worse when that happens to a woman who has an infant, yet her breasts...

News

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...

Stories From Moms

Happy Mother’s Month!

We know the importance of celebrating special moments with the people we love -even if we can’t be together in person. We’re here to make Mother’s Month a little...

News

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....

Stories From Moms

Diana’s Milk Donor Story: My last shipment of milk

While Diana was working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown last year, she took time to pump each morning to become a milk donor (for the second time!). All...

Uncategorized

Donor Human Milk Ordering, Storage, and Use in the Home

Ordering Donor Human Milk: Families must contact MMBA each week to request milk for their child.  Contact us via email: orders@milkbank.org or call us at (512) 494-0800, or toll...

Equity

Black Maternal Health Week 2021

This Year’s Theme: Claiming Our Power, Resilience, and Liberation “Black Mamas claiming their power, resilience, and liberation is an opportunity to think about improving maternal health disparities without fear,...

Stories From Moms

Lila’s Story: First donor human milk recipient at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas

Lila was the first donor human milk recipient at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, and now she’s a healthy, beautiful 10-year -old. Ten years ago, when baby Lila was...

Healthcare Providers

Processing Fee

Donor Human Milk Processing Fee Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin charges a processing fee of $4.65 per ounce, an amount that offsets the substantial costs of operating a modern,...

News

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!

Bereavement

Memorial Garden

The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin understands that loss and grief are sometimes experienced in pregnancy and parenting. We are so grateful for all of the mothers who found...

Healthcare Providers

Ordering donor human milk is an easy process, and we are happy to serve you

2021 Hospital Communication Milk Ordering Made Easy: MMBA ships milk to hospitals outside of the Austin-area Monday through Thursday for delivery Tuesday through Friday.  Orders must be received by...

Stories From Moms

Kris’ Milk Donor Story: Shipping precious milk during a pandemic

Kris found a way to use her oversupply of breast milk as a gift to babies who needed it most. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she shipped her milk multiple...

Equity

Black History Month: Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding

Why it’s important to know about racial disparities in breastfeeding and how we can help make contributions to eliminating these disparities in the African American community Black women have...

Stories From Moms

Julia’s Milk Pumping Story

 Julia is one of our board directors. She is a healthcare technology professional who loves travel and photography and a mother who, after going through a challenging breast pumping...

Fundraising

Say Thanks, Austin – To Ann McGinley of Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin!

  Ann McGinley is not only one of our most loyal volunteers, but also one of the most loved. When Ann retired in 2006, she knew she wanted to use...

News

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,...

Milk Production

COVID-19 Workplace Rights: Breastfeeding and Lactation by The USBC

1. I need to pump milk at work. Have my rights changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? Most nursing parents have a right to safely express breast milk at work...

Healthcare Providers

FDA’s policy on donor human milk

Use of donor human milk Note: The FDA policy on donor human milk was created after the FDA organized a day-long testimony in December of 2010 during which representatives...

Healthcare Providers

The milk of human kindness

The milk of human kindness: the story of Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin By Barbara Wilson-Clay, BS, IBCLC Note: This peer-reviewed article was published by International Breastfeeding Journal in...

Milk Production

Breastfeeding Resources

COVID-19 AND BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Breastfeeding Facts About COVID-19 San Antonio Breastfeeding Support via Telemedicine Milk Handling for COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Mothers in the Hospital...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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,...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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....

News

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...

News

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...

News

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...

News

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?...

News

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,...

News

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...

Milk Production

Breast milk storage containers and bags

Shown in the photo are equal volumes of breast milk (exactly 3 ounces). In these 4 different containers, it looks like 4 different volumes! Milk storage bags in particular...

Milk Production

Video: Combining new expressed milk to an existing batch

Can I combine pumped milk from two different pumping sessions? Should I cool it down before combining? What is the best way to store my breast milk?

Milk Production

Breast milk production: Hand Expression

As a pediatrician, Dr. Jane Morton from First Droplets says that practicing hand expressions regularly stimulated milk production in the first few days. Many babies who are with their...

Milk Production

Clean Your Breast Pump Kit!

How to keep your breast pump kit clean: If you are an exclusive pumper, or you pump only once in a while for your baby or to donate milk...

Milk Production

Pumping at work during COVID-19

Our friends at Pumpspotting launched a free toolkit for employers to support moms' safe and confident return to the workplace or remote work. This is a great resource to...

Milk Production

Breastfeeding FAQ

Breastfeeding may be the most natural thing in the world, but it doesn’t come naturally for some. One of the best ways to prepare to breastfeed is learning as...

Milk Production

Newborn feeding hunger cues

That means parents and caregivers follow baby’s lead and feed as the baby shows hunger cues. he first few days after birth may be filled with back to back...

Milk Production

Working and Breastfeeding

Tips to help working moms make the transition smoothly Working and breastfeeding is a challenge for many moms and babies. Just as breastfeeding starts feeling natural and easy, it’s...

Milk Production

Breastfeeding tips for new folks

As you get closer to your baby’s due date, you may start to plan for the postpartum period. One of the biggest topics on your mind is likely infant...

Stories From Moms

Baby Camilla: donor milk prevented another hospital stay

When you become a mother, you are instantly a part of a club. As moms, we fill in the gaps for other moms when they are in need. We...

Stories From Moms

Milk Recipient Baby Yara: 2 pound 3 ounce fighter

No one expects to have a premature child; we certainly did not. We were shocked to be told that we had to deliver at 34 weeks because Yara was...

Stories From Moms

Milk Recipient Baby Tyler: When skim milk is best

My son was diagnosed prenatally with a severe congenital heart defect. Though we're from Austin, I delivered him in Houston so he could be near the doctors and surgeons...

Healthcare Providers

Breastfeeding during emergency situations

There are many questions regarding child feeding during natural emergencies, such as a hurricane or the current COVID-19 pandemic. Is it safe to breastfeed? What happens when moms are...

News

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

News

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

News

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!    

News

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

Stories From Moms

Milk Recipient Baby Victoria Grace: 1 lb 3 oz micro-preemie

I’m going to tell you a story about the most heart-wrenching, fulfilling, frightening, grace-filled, exhausting and blessed summers I have ever experienced. I love to tell it because it...

Stories From Moms

Two siblings, two donor milk journeys

I'm so thankful for all the wonderful women who have donated their time effort and precious milk, that unfortunately I’m unable to make for my precious babies! Two out...

Stories From Moms

Milk Recipients John and Sam: Micro preemie twins

My twin boys, John and Sam, were born in 2014 at 26 weeks and 4 days. John weighed 1lb 12ozs and Sam weighed 1lb 8ozs at birth. Both boys...

Healthcare Providers

How much donor milk is enough?

Fewer than half of those babies' mothers are able to provide them with breast milk. Through donor human milk, these medically-fragile babies receive the benefits of breast milk that...

Stories From Moms

Milk Recipient Baby Athena: Congenital Short Gut Syndrome

Athena came barreling into this world like a wrecking ball to our otherwise calm lives. Our warrior was born 37 weeks gestation after a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy. She spent...

Healthcare Providers

Why is human milk important?

Every year, 60,000 babies are born in the United States weighing 3.5 pounds or less. Fewer than half of those babies' mothers are able to provide them with breast...

Healthcare Providers

3 Tips on how HCPs can raise awareness about breast milk

For National Breastfeeding Month, we interviewed Angeliz Rivera. She is a registered nurse with a Master's Degree in Nursing Education, specialized in mother/infant care. Working as a Nurse since 2014,...

Stories From Moms

Milk Recipient Baby Lawlis-Reign: Covid-19 stress and milk delays

Our beautiful baby boy Lawlis-Reign was born March 17th, 2020 and in that moment we started a wonderful journey. Unfortunately, I was having a difficult time with producing milk....

Healthcare Providers

What Doulas do

Wondering what a doula is and what they do? In today’s post we’re sharing the experiences of Emmy Amash, a doula since 2019 What is a doula? My friends...

Stories From Moms

Milk Recipient Baby Everly: Tiniest cancer survivor

We consider Everly to be a true miracle. Our Tiny Warrior's story began with a 39 week ultrasound.

Stories From Moms

Milk Donor Savitha: From recipient to donor

I had a very difficult childbirth. I was in labor for over 20 hours. Yuvaan finally entered the world after 4 hours of pushing with the umbilical cord wrapped...

Stories From Moms

Milk Donor Kelly: From recipient mom to donor

When I was 23 weeks pregnant, we found out that our son had a congenital heart defect. As we learned more about what his birth story would look like,...

Milk Production

Pump, Label, Freeze, Donate, Repeat

You will have the most important job of all: making milk!

Breast milk storage containers and bags

Milk Production

COVID-19 Workplace Rights: Breastfeeding and Lactation by The USBC

1. I need to pump milk at work. Have my rights changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? Most nursing parents have a right to safely express breast milk at work...

Milk Production

Breastfeeding Resources

COVID-19 AND BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Breastfeeding Facts About COVID-19 San Antonio Breastfeeding Support via Telemedicine Milk Handling for COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Mothers in the Hospital...

Milk Production

Breast milk storage containers and bags

Shown in the photo are equal volumes of breast milk (exactly 3 ounces). In these 4 different containers, it looks like 4 different volumes! Milk storage bags in particular...

Milk Production

Video: Combining new expressed milk to an existing batch

Can I combine pumped milk from two different pumping sessions? Should I cool it down before combining? What is the best way to store my breast milk?

Milk Production

people posing for a photo at mothers milk bank

Stories From Moms

Brooke’s Story: Donating after Heartbreak

If anyone we’ve talked to during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2021 is a rock star, it’s Brooke. Brooke Smith became a milk donor after the stillbirth of her son...

Stories From Moms

McKayla’s Story: Donating after the NICU

“My son was born at 28 weeks and was in the NICU until 40 weeks. During those first 12 weeks of his life, I had to pump every three...

Stories From Moms

Katherine’ Milk Donor Story: Pumping milk for NICU babies

Pumping milk can be a full-time job! Katherine not only exclusively pumped breast milk for her two babies but also found time to pump extra milk, store it, and...

Stories From Moms

Recipient Mom Diana: Cancer survivor

Baby Kenna-Arella & Diana Milk Recipient Story “A breast cancer diagnosis is painful. It’s even worse when that happens to a woman who has an infant, yet her breasts...

Stories From Moms

donor human milk from austin milk bank

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Danielle Plattenburg Arnold

For our fourth interview of National Breastfeeding Month 2021, we interviewed Dr. Danielle Plattenburg Arnold about her work at Baylor, Scott & White Hospital as a pediatrician. We discuss...

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Jae Kim

It’s the third week of National Breastfeeding Month already! Dr. Jae Kim sits down with MMBA’s executive director, Kim Updegrove, to discuss the value of milk banks and tell...

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Lakshmy Vaidyanathan

To celebrate the second week of National Breastfeeding Month, we chat with Dr. Lakshmy Vaidyanathan. She shares how she’s incorporated breastfeeding education within her community and the art of...

Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Provider Interview: Dr. Lisa Stellwagen

To kick off National Breastfeeding Month 2021, we interviewed Dr. Lisa Stellwagen about her work in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the importance (and challenges) of breastfeeding, the weirdest...

Healthcare Providers

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