Monday, December 8, 2008

Mothers Milk Bank

A group of volunteers have started to create a non-profit milk bank called, Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, based here in Portland. Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is applying for membership with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) and will join eleven other HMBANA member milk banks in north America (milk bank location map). Currently the closest milk bank to Portland is in San Jose, CA.

On their website, the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank describes what a milk bank does:
A milk bank screens, collects, processes and dispenses donated human milk as a community service, providing human milk to babies whose own mothers cannot supply the milk to meet their baby’s needs.
There are several ways you can help Northwest Mothers Milk Bank fulfill their goals:

For more information, visit Northwest Mothers Milk Bank's website. They have a link to their first newsletter which includes information about why a local milk bank is important. You can sign-up to receive the newsletter by submitting your e-mail address at the bottom of the website home page. The website also has a donation link.

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