About Mothers’ Milk Bank...
Giving your baby the best start is a healthy start.
For a mother who is unable to supply sufﬁcient breast milk to meet her baby’s needs, donated human milk is the next best option for her baby.
The Mothers’ Milk Bank Charity was established in 2009, to give parents the choice of donated, screened and pasteurized breast milk.
In a baby’s first 26 weeks of life, pasteurized donor mothers’ milk maybe an essential factor for a baby’s survival or to maintain your baby’s health.
The Mothers’ Milk Bank Charity collects, screens, pasteurises and distributes donated mothers’ milk to infants where mothers own milk is not available.
Support is given to mothers who encounter difﬁculties with lactation. Research shows pasteurised donor human milk protects your baby from infectious disease especially vulnerable preterm babies and diabetes where there is a family history of diabetes. The complex nutrients in mother’s milk are unique and give your baby the best start. If your infant has an illness then pasteurized donor breast milk is the next best option if mother’s own milk is not available.
Breast milk is a perfectly balanced source of nutrition, containing active antibodies to ﬁght infection. It is the most beneﬁcial food for infants. Pasteurisation techniques and procedures followed at the Mothers’ Milk Bank Charity, ensure the nutritional content and beneﬁts of donated breast milk are maintained throughout the milk testing and pasteurization process.
To provide families with the option of donor mothers’ milk when needed and to see babies exclusively receiving breastmilk from birth to six months of age.
To support the guidelines established by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and UNICEF, along with the Australian federal and state governments, which state that the nutritional needs of a baby are only fully met when given human milk in the first six months of life, and if a child continues to receive human milk along with the introduction of other foods until two years of age.
To provide donated milk for as many infants in need as possible, and to advocate and work towards an Australian Mothers’ Milk Banking Association (AMMBA) with a network of both community and hospital based milk banks around Australia within ten years.
Mothers Milk Bank Founder, Marea Ryan, is giving hope to parents across Australia in these difficult times.
Since 2005, when Ruby Hunter (vale 2010) and Founder/Director Marea Ryan established the Charity, its key focus has been to improve the access to safe processed donor human milk for vulnerable communities and, specifically, babies whose mothers experience diabetes and are, therefore, in need of extra breast milk to prevent complications of this disease.
Located at Airport Central, Bilinga, Qld, at the far southern end of the Gold Coasts, the Mothers’ Milk Bank presently services the
Northern New South Wales, Southeast Queensland region, Northern Queensland, ACT, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart.