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Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge
For the 12th year in a row, the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin participated in the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, a world-wide challenge to gather moms together and breastfeed their little ones simultaneously.
Beyond being a fun event with some friendly competition and great door prizes, the Milk Bank hosts Austin’s Quintessence Challenge every year as a means to help spread the word in our local community and across the globe that breastfeeding is a normal and important strategy for child and maternal health.
This year, we once again partnered with Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition to hold the event and had a really great time on Saturday, October 4th at the SFC’s Farmers’ Market Downtown! Despite the traffic and street closures resulting from the Austin City Limits Music Festival, we still had 16 moms and their babies brave the roads and come out to support the challenge.
Across the globe, 3,699 babies at 127 sites in 7 different countries were all breastfed at the same time during the Quintessence Challenge. Austin may not have won the competition, but every child participating in the challenge is a winner because they are breastfed!
2014 National Breastfeeding Month
We had a great time celebrating National Breastfeeding Month in August and we hope you did too! Thank you to all who came out and supported us as we celebrated and educated about breastfeeding and its critical importance to milk banking during this important month.
Here’s a look at some of the many highlights during August:
Breastfeeding Awareness Concert
Our third annual breastfeeding month kick-off concert was a great success! Acclaimed Austin musician Elizabeth McQueen put on an amazing show. In addition to great music and fabulous door prizes, concert attendees were informed about the importance of milk banking from MMBA’s Executive Director Kim Updegrove, longtime volunteer Ann McGinley, and two-time milk donor Lindsay Rodgers. What a great night!
Round Rock Express Baseball Game
We had a great time with friends at the Round Rock Express on August 12th! MMBA was the game’s featured non-profit which allowed us to spread the word about the milk bank to all in attendance.
Milk & Cookies Tours
During our week’s worth of Milk & Cookies tours, we offered more than 30 people a sneak peek inside our milk processing labs. Adults and children alike seem fascinated to learn all about milk banking and to witness our staff process milk up close!
Milk Donor Appreciation Event at the Austin Zoo
We capped off an incredible month by honoring our Austin donor mommas at our Appreciation Event at the Austin Zoo! Over 230 donor moms and their families came out to celebrate. Those in attendance heard from Executive Director Kim Updegrove, board member and neonatologist Jennifer Goetz, and board member and donor/recipient mom Kari Anne Roy about the importance of milk banking and the critical role our milk donors play in saving lives. It was wonderful to see so many dedicated donors and their families and to be able to thank them for all they do for the milk bank and our tiny baby recipients!
We are so incredibly appreciative of all the help we received from our friends, supporters, volunteers, and sponsors all August long. Without all of your efforts, National Breastfeeding Month would never have been such a success!
Many thanks to Born to be Breastfed, Marie Biancuzzo’s radio program on Voice of America, for featuring the Milk Bank’s Executive Director Kim Updegrove on their recent episode about milk banking. Click here to listen to Kim talk about the importance of milk banking and answer some frequently asked questions about donating to a non-profit milk bank.
Thank you to Radio Mujer Internacional for giving a shout out to the Milk Bank on their radio show Mamamundi during a segment about breastfeeding! Listen to the show in Spanish here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U1VcE91FNg
On June 19, 2014, the Milk Bank hosted Under the Milky Way, an appreciation event for our Friends of the Milk Bank, which benefitted the Milk Bank's Charitable Care Program. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us! Visit our Facebook page to see event photos. Pictures from the photo booth are available here. You can view images, download files, or order prints as often as you like until August 3, 2014. Here's a sneak peak!
Thanks also to the generous individuals and businesses who donated goods and services to make the night a success.
A special thank you to event sponsor Lansinoh for supporting Under the Milky Way.
For the fourth year in a row, the milk bank walked as a team in the annual March for Babies Austin event benefitting March of Dimes, a nonprofit that shares our goal to improve the outcomes for premature and ill infants. It was wonderful to see lots of moms using our Lactation & Changing Station, and so many people there showing their support for fragile babies!
Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer us on during Philanthropitch! The Milk Bank was 1 of 8 nonprofit finalists who pitched in front of a panel of judges and audience members for human and financial capital. We were awarded nearly $10,000 to support our groundbreaking Research Program!
Thank you to the Statesman for this story on the great needs of preterm infants and the necessary expansion of the milk bank to meet that need.
We’re excited to announce the opening of a new depot site at East Austin CommUnityCare! Click here for information on the depot’s address and hours when donors can drop off their milk.
Amplify Austin was a big success for the milk bank! We raised nearly $30,000 for our Charitable Care Program which will help us serve more tiny babies whose families are not able to afford lifesaving donor human milk. We are so grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm of all of our supporters and sponsors—we couldn’t have done it without you!
We had so much interest in our Ta-Ta shirts that we have decided to sell them! A portion of each order will benefit the Milk Bank’s Charitable Care Program. Order your new shirt today! All orders can be sent to email@example.com.
2013 was a record-breaking year for the milk bank! Check out our latest eNews to learn more.
Read this article to find out more about one of our donors, Alison, who came up with a creative way to help fragile babies with her milk, and raise money for our Charitable Care Program at the same time. What a life-saver!
Thank you to Community Impact Newspaper for the outstanding article about MMBA and our life-saving work!
Congratulations to the Milk Depot at Memorial Hermann Katy, they are celebrating their one year anniversary. To read more about this successful depot see the article in the Ultimate Katy.
May 10th 2013, MMBA opened a new Milk Depot at the Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center. We celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting event and wonderful stories on ACB13, and in the Cypress Creek Mirror.
Thank you to the Statesman for the story about donor moms April MacMillan and April Russell.
Fox8 of North Carolina did a good job of presenting the serious implications of informal sharing of milk.