MMBNT news as well as news articles/links you want to comment on

Stroll for a Cause

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:52 pm Milk Bank Stroll Logo

At Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, we know the great impact breastmilk can have on babies’ lives. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that because of its benefits, human milk should be fed to all preterm infants, and when a mother’s own milk is unavailable, human donor milk should be used.

,
Miracle Milk Stroll Graphic

However, there is still a need to spread awareness about its life-saving properties. That’s where the Miracle Milk Stroll comes in.

The Miracle Milk Stroll is a casual walking event designed to raise awareness of and support for the human milk cause. Various organizations host strolls across the country to get as many breastfeeding moms, advocates and their loved ones involved as possible.

Net profits from fundraising efforts surrounding the Stroll will be distributed among the beneficiaries selected for this year – all nonprofits focused on providing human milk to sick babies. These include the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, NEC Society, La Leche League USA and the United States Lactation Consultant Association.

,

Miracle Milk is a project of the Best for Babes Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to changing the cultural landscape surrounding breastfeeding and human milk. This is the third year Best for Babes has hosted this national event.

,
Fairmount Park is located in Fort Worth’s Fairmount-Southside area on W. Maddox Avenue.

Staff at MMBNT are excited to host a Stroll site for the first time this year. The strolling group will meet at 10:00 am Saturday, May 14 in Fairmount Park, located near the MMBNT office in Fort Worth on W. Maddox Avenue between 5th Avenue and Henderson Street. The 1.2 mile route will take strollers to MMBNT and back by way of the popular Magnolia Avenue. Refreshments will be provided at MMBNT.

,

One in eight babies is born prematurely, meaning there is a great need for human milk to help these fragile infants survive and thrive. Events such as the Miracle Milk Stroll shed light on this need and strengthen the community of human milk supporters. We look forward to seeing Fort Worth-area supporters at our site and raising awareness about “liquid gold” in our own backyard.

Click here to register for the Fort Worth Miracle Milk Stroll, and click here to RSVP to the Facebook event.

First Depot in the State of Georgia Opens

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 2:06 pm First Depot in the State of Georgia Opens

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas (MMBNT) and North Georgia Breastfeeding Center (NGBC) established a new milk depot within NGBC, located at 107 Colony Park Drive #700 in Cumming, Georgia, to provide a convenient drop off location for donor breastmilk. Cumming is approximately 35 miles north of Atlanta.

,
North Georgia Breastfeeding Center

Mothers can drop off their human milk donations at NGBC, which will be collected by staff and sent to MMBNT for pasteurization and shipment to critically ill infants. Donations are accepted Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment by calling 678-965-0103. This is the first milk depot in the state of Georgia.

“It is with great honor and privilege that North Georgia Breastfeeding Center will have the opportunity to work with our surrounding communities to help facilitate donated breastmilk to save the lives of medically needy babies,” Amy Hammant, Clinical Director of NGBC, said. She adds, “As IBCLCs [lactation consultants], we are committed to the promotion, support and protection of breastfeeding. Breastmilk is nature’s first food and we are thrilled to be able to help provide this precious gift.”

,

MMBNT collects donor milk from over 40 “depots” located in communities throughout North Texas and other states. Donors are screened through medical histories and blood tests. Once approved, moms freeze the extra milk their babies don’t need and take it to a depot close to home.

,
Storage freezer for donor breastmilk

Frozen milk arrives at the milk bank and is logged into a sophisticated barcode and tracking system. It is then thawed, analyzed, packaged in tamper-resistant bottles, pasteurized and tested for bacteria.

Donor milk has become the standard of care for premature infants who have severe feeding problems, intestinal malformations and life threatening complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Eighty percent of MMBNT’s donor milk is dispensed by physician prescription to over 110 hospital NICUs. Twenty percent is dispensed by physician prescription to medically needy babies at home. In 2015, MMBNT dispensed a record 552,761 ounces.

Methodist Mansfield Joins our Depot Network

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 2:22 pm Methodist Mansfield Logo
Photo courtesy of: www.methodisthealthsystem.org/mansfield

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas(MMBNT) has partnered with Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth at 2700 E. Broad Street, to provide a convenient drop off location for donor breastmilk. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor Postpartum Nurses’ Station accessible from the elevators located in front of the gift shop.

,

Mandi Longoria, Perinatal Education Lactation Coordinator, explains, “Donating breastmilk to help another baby is one of the most generous things a mother could do. We are so happy to make the process easy and accommodating. Methodist Mansfield will safely store frozen donor milk before it is transported to Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas for pasteurization.”

,
Mom Amanda and daughter Reagan drop off one of the first donations at Methodist Mansfield, accepted by Mandi Longoria.

MMBNT collects donor milk from over 40 “depots” located in communities throughout North Texas and other states. Donors are screened through medical histories and blood tests. Once approved, moms freeze the extra milk their babies don’t need and take it to a depot close to home.

Frozen milk arrives at the milk bank and is logged into a sophisticated barcode and tracking system. It is then thawed, analyzed, packaged in tamper-resistant bottles, pasteurized and tested for bacteria.

Donor milk has become the standard of care for premature infants who have severe feeding problems, intestinal malformations and life threatening complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Eighty percent of MMBNT’s donor milk is dispensed by physician prescription to over 110 hospital NICUs. Twenty percent is dispensed by physician prescription to medically needy babies at home. In 2015, MMBNT dispensed a record 552,761 ounces.

For more information about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, click here.