The Mothers' Milk Bank of California (MMB) 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. In addition, the Mothers' Milk Bank is a resource for health professionals and the general public on the benefits of breast milk, in general, and the uses of donor milk specifically.
Most of our recipients are infants in neo-natal intensive care units (NICUs) throughout California and the West. Human milk is especially critical for premature and sick infants, who are 10 times more likely to acquire devastating intestinal infections when ingesting formula instead of human milk. Over 65 NICUs in California use donor milk for their infants. The Mothers' Milk Bank is an important resource for these hospitals, since premature delivery can delay a mother's own milk supply, and these tiny babies cannot afford to go days without nutrition.
Donors are carefully screened and tested before their milk is accepted. We welcome inquiries from any healthy woman who is breastfeeding an infant and can set aside time each day or so to express milk for the good of other babies.
The Mothers' Milk Bank is a proud Charter Member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).