The Bereavement Program of the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin recognizes that the loss of your child is a profoundly sad experience. There are no words to adequately explain or sympathize when a family experiences loss at any time during the pregnancy, labor or delivery, or afterwards.
Losing my beautiful baby boy is something that I’ll never understand. He was born and loved, and then so sick and small that he left us. We will never be the same. Grieving Mother
MMBA recognizes that many health care providers have a difficult time discussing loss with families. Our Bereavement Program was created to help both providers and families understand breast milk production, and if milk donation is desired, to understand how donated milk can help others even in situations of grief.
Helping other babies helped me. My milk kept coming, and I kept pumping, because I know that my daughter would have wanted me to help other tiny babies. I am grateful for the opportunity. Grieving Mother
Our Teardrops and Milkdrops brochure was created as a means of answering basic questions about lactation when bereaved, in particular, what options are available to either eliminate breast milk or donate it to a milk bank in order to help others. Available to health care facilities, providers, and moms at no charge, this brochure in Spanish and English explains why lactation happens, and what choices moms have to handle it.
If you want to donate milk, or at least explore the option, email Laura, call us at 512-494-0800 or complete the form at the right.
MMBA, a nonprofit milk bank, screens donors verbally and in writing, for lifestyle and medical risk factors. Grieving mothers who wish to donate milk must be screened, but their milk is accepted whether or not they are on medications or herbs, and no matter how much milk she has. We do this to facilitate healing…to somehow create some hope in the helping of others during this difficult time of grief. Every baby deserves human milk and every grieving parent deserves to heal.
Donor milk is a short-term investment with a life-long payoff because human milk-fed infants achieve both short-term and long-term benefits from the milk. Thousands of babies in Texas and beyond receive donor human milk made safe for them by the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin.
More than 300 grieving mothers have shared their milk with the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin since we opened our doors in 1999. Thank you, compassionate women, for helping others despite your pain.