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.
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
Houston, TX 77054
Donors may drop off milk at any time. Go directly to the East Tower/Emergency Entrance which is immediately on the left after entering the Woman’s Hospital campus from Fannin--use the circle drive to pull up to the entrance and park while they drop off milk.
As of May 2016: Due to construction, the depot freezer has been temporarily moved to another part of the hospital. When you donate, a security guard will escort you to the new location. This will be the case for the next few months as construction continues.
Southwest WIC Center
6400 High Star
Houston, TX 77074
Hours: Monday, 9:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday 8:00am-8:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm,
Friday and Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm
The Woman's Place of Sugar Land
16552 A Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm, call ahead during the lunch hour, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Enter through the Pediatrics Entrance and stop at the desk
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center
Labor and Delivery Desk, Second Floor
10655 Steepletop Drive
Houston, TX 77065
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
Lactation Center and Retail Shop
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00am -5:00pm
Memorial Hermann Katy
23900 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX 77493
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am -3:00pm
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
500 Medical Center Blvd
Prenatal Care Unit, 3W.
Webster, TX 77598
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
*Please call ahead and will meet you in the circular drive with a cart. They can bring you additional donation collection bottles at that time.
Kingwood Medical Center
Women and Children’s Center- 1st Floor (South Tower entrance)
22999 US Hwy 59N
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Hours: First Saturday of every month, 10:00am-1:00pm, every Monday (including holidays), 9:30am-1:00pm
Texas Lactation Consultants, Inc.
1533 1/2 Heights Blvd (located in back office)
Houston, TX 77008
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00am-11:00am
*If you would like someone to help carry your donation, please call upon arrival
*Please call ahead to schedule another donation time if drop off window is inconvenient
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
Honeysuckle Boutique-2nd Floor Memorial Hermann Tower
929 Gessner Rd.
Houston, Texas 77024
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30am-11:00am, first Saturday of every month,11:00am-1:00pm
*Donors can park in Garage 5 (free parking) at the corner of Frostwood and I-10. Go to level B. Take skywalk, then escalator or elevator to main floor. Take 1st set of elevators to 2nd floor, ring bell and the receptionist will let you in. The Store is located in front of the main nurses’ station.
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Maternal Child Unit-3rd Floor East
4401 Garth Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am-8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am-9:00pm
*Call prior to pulling up to the front circle drive of the hospital and someone will meet you there to help you with your donation.