Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is committed to caring for all babies with a medical need for human milk.
Our Charitable Care Program ensures life-saving donor human milk is provided to all infants with a need, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. As one of the only milk banks in the country to offer a Charitable Care Program, we ensure that the sickest and most fragile babies are served and that no baby will be denied care due to a lack of insurance or financial resources.
Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is able to provide this program because of the generosity of individual supporters, business partners, and foundations. 100% of the donations we receive are dedicated to supporting our mission and our lifesaving programs like the Charitable Care Program.
With 17% of all children in Texas and 10% in the U.S. lacking health insurance, we continue to experience a significant need for charitable care. Texas Medicaid only pays a portion of the milk fee for qualified babies so there is still a significant percentage of the fee that is not covered, in addition to any shipping costs.
The necessity for this critical program continues to grow year-after-year. In 2018, we provided over $300,000 of charitable care to babies throughout the United States who needed donor milk to survive but whose families did not have the financial resources to cover the costs. Without support, these benefits may run out.
“I know that without donor breast milk, Hunter would have died. His little tummy couldn’t handle the formula, and over time I was no longer able to provide my own milk for him. Today, Hunter is a very happy 20 month-old! It’s still a bumpy road, yet we’re seeing great progress. I am so thankful for all of the milk donors. You gave my son a chance at life, and for that I’m eternally grateful!”
“With a laundry list of health challenges—many directly related to feeding and digestion—I knew James was a medically “needy” baby, but I also knew my husband and I likely couldn’t afford donor milk. That’s when we learned about the milk bank’s Charitable Care Program, where we could get milk at a price we could afford. The first time I got a box of milk, I cried as I put it in our freezer. It's a wonderful blessing to be able to receive such a gift. It's been one of the only things I felt like I could do to help my son." James’s mother