For more than 17 years, the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin and generous donor moms have helped save the lives of thousands of premature and medically-fragile infants. Nationwide, infants’ medical need for donor human milk far surpasses the supply––and continues to increase.
Donor Milk Saves Lives
- 1 in 9 babies is born preterm.
- Human milk is especially important for premature or sick babies, who are 1,000% more likely to develop devastating intestinal infections if they are fed formula instead of human milk.
- Fewer than half of moms who deliver a baby prematurely are able to provide their babies with breast milk. Through donor milk, these preterm babies are still able to receive the benefits of breast milk to help them grow and thrive.
- Some mothers of preterm and sick babies have health complications of their own or may need medications that prevent them from breastfeeding. Yet the babies are able to get many of the life-saving benefits of breastfeeding through donated human milk.
- Human milk contains antibodies to fight disease and infection, and also protects against allergies.
- Human milk contains growth hormones that help babies develop.
Check out this video of our executive director explaining the impact of nonprofit milk banks and how MMBA holds itself to the highest standards.