About UsThe Mothers' Milk Bank of New England was founded in 2006 by a small group of nurses, mothers, and lactation consultants. Since then, we have grown to include physicians, researchers, city planners, doulas, midwives and many others who work together to make the MMBNE a reality. In 2010 we completed work on our milk-processing lab. In the spring of 2011, we began screening donors and we were certified by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America in July, 2011. In August, 2011, we began pasteurizing our own milk.
The MMBNE is a member of HMBANA - The Human Milk Banking Association of North America. HMBANA is the professional organization representing non-profit donor human milk banks in the United States, Canada and Mexico and is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of health care providers that promotes, protects, and supports donor milk banking. HMBANA is the only professional membership association for milk banks in North America and as such sets the standards and guidelines for donor milk banking for those areas. It was founded in 1985 and currently has 11 member banks.
A Brief History of Milk BankingThroughout history, mothers have helped each other by nursing each others' babies, and it was once common practice for wealthy families to hire a wet nurse for their babies. The first milk bank opened in Vienna, Austria in 1909. The first milk bank in the United States opened at the Boston Floating Children's Hospital (now part of Tufts-New England Medical Center) in 1911.
There have been numerous milk banks in hospitals and other medical centers throughout New England since that time. The most recent milk bank, located at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, was opened in 1975 and closed in 2001. Since then there has not been a milk bank in the Northeast region.
MMBNE's new booklet, "Use of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk as NICU Standard of Care" provides hospitals with a template for establishing a NICU donor milk program, as well as samples of protocols for staff, education flyers and informed consent for parents.
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Fall 2012 Newsletter Available
See the Spring 2011 Newsletter.
Breast milk from donors is proving helpful in the Brigham’s neonatal ICU
Boston Globe article about donor milk.
MMBNE Executive Director on WBUR
A recent Radio Boston show featuring Executive Director Naomi Bar-Yam.
Milk Banks & Wet Nursing
An article from the Hartford Advocate.
A recent Newsweek article on milk banking.
Mothers' Milk Bank of New England
PO Box 60-0091 Newtonville, MA 02460
Office phone: 617-527-6263