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Welcome to Mothers' Milk Bank
The heroes are our donors.
There are many steps in the providing donor human milk to the sweet babies we serve. Learn More
|Who we serve|
About 80% of the milk we dispense goes to feed and protect hospitalized babies. The remaining milk is dispensed to fragile and medically needy babies that have been discharged from the hospital. Learn More
In the United States, 1 in every 8 babies is born prematurely each year. Because these babies are born too early, they are behind in their growth and development, causing numerous issues and ailments that put their survivability at risk. When mothers have experienced a premature labor, they are often unable to produce milk for a variety of reasons. These mothers know that breastmilk is the best source of nutrition and immunity their baby can receive, but they feel at a loss for not being able to provide their own milk for them. That’s when a non-profit milk bank steps in!
Non-profit HMBANA milk banks like the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas screen donors, process and test milk, and then dispense the milk to primarily hospitalized preemies. We test the milk and gently pasteurize it to preserve immunological properties but destroy harmful bacteria that can be caused by improper storage or breast infections that donors are unaware they have. Donated milk is tested at various stages for these bacteria and for nutritional components.
Each year, the demand for donor human milk (DHM) increases significantly. More and more hospitals are providing their preemies with DHM from non-profit milk banks instead of formula. Because of this, the demand for donors is also continually growing nationwide. Mothers with spare milk have the option to share it with the babies who will benefit the most and that is through donating to a HMBANA affiliated milk bank. These milk banks do not financially profit from or commercialize human milk and the milk they provide is often life saving for low birth weight and premature infants recovering from serious complications and surgeries.
The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas dispenses milk to outpatient infants by prescription only. Milk is prioritized to hospitalized infants first and then to infants at home with a medical need. The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas will assist parents in filing insurance and obtaining coverage for processing fees. Infants with a medical need are served regardless of ability to pay processing fees if milk is available. The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has a sliding scale payment.
It is important for us to speak to the parents when a baby is going home from the hospital on donor human milk. We will work with the parents to make sure that they have a supply of milk before the baby is discharged.
The parents must have a prescription from the infant’s health care provider and have a medical need for the milk.
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