The Mothers’ Milk Bank of California, located at Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA, is a licensed tissue bank that has been providing milk banking services for over 30 years. Since 1974, over 4000 donors have provided over 1.5 million ounces of milk to help babies survive and thrive. Last year alone, the MMB provided over 250,000 ounces of donor milk to babies throughout California and the West.
Donor milk offers all of the benefits of human milk for the infant or child, including optimal nutrition, easy digestibility, growth factors to promote maturation and healing of tissues, immunologic protection and infection-fighting components. For some children this is the only source of nutrition that allows them to grow and develop without allergic symptoms. In the past 30 years, there has never been a documented disease or illness transmission through processed human milk.
All milk banks are not created equal. Many milk banks sell donated milk to for-profit companies that process and distribute the milk. To guarantee that you are donating to a non-profit milk bank, make sure that they are a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA
). HMBANA Milk Banks are committed to:
- Maintaining non-profit status
- Providing community service
- Offering reasonable prices
- Ensuring the highest quality
Founded in 1974, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of California is non-profit 501(3)(c) organization, and a charter member of HMBANA.