News & Events
"Mothers Milk Bank is now inviting mothers breastfeeding babies at any age to donate milk.
We are reaching out to Mothers’ who would like to help the numerous sick babies and Mothers who need other mothers help."
A BIG thank you from the babies to the new donors registered this week!
We are still in need of more donor mums, if you know of a mum who you think may be happy to help please let her know.
YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA CORROBOREE FESTIVAL
Mothers' Milk Bank Charity (MMBC) - The Australian Breast Milk Bank
The Mothers' Milk Bank Charity (MMBC) along with sponsors, The Australian Breast Milk Bank (ABMB) have been invited to join the YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA CORROBOREE FESTIVAL over three days 28th - 30th September.
There is a range of music and educational workshops programmed for each afternoon. The Mothers Milk Bank will involve their musicians as part of their Ruby Hunter project working with community through song to carry on Ruby's legacy to support First Nation mothers with diabetes and create a network of breast milk donors for mothers unable to breastfeed because of diabetes or other illness.
This event provides a wonderful opportunity to engage with First Nation families with the launch of the Ruby Hunter Concert shows, incorporating music workshops and the sharing of information. The Mothers Milk Bank Ambassadors/Artists all feel passionately about continuing The Ruby Hunter legacy to support First Nation mothers with diabetes.
The roving event includes riverside camping, free community meals and afternoon music workshops. It will be held from Saturday 28 September to Wednesday 3 October 2019. All dancers will perform from dusk each night moving through the townships of Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke and Wilcannia, with a finale at Menindee Lakes.
Walgett – Saturday 28 September – Namoi River.
Brewarrina – Sunday 29 September – Barwon River at Doyle Street Park.
Bourke – Monday 30 September – 2CUZ FM at 1 Wangkumarra Drive.
Wilcannia – Tuesday 1 October – Reid St Park.
Menindee – Wednesday 2 October – Burke & Wills Campsite, Lake Pamamaroo.
We are pleased to be able to announce that we are now able to provide processed donor breast milk, with a shelf life with no expiry date. This health prevention initiative supports any mother with diabetes in pregnancy by providing donor milk "Just in Case" before and then after birth and is scheduled for release in January 2020. Mothers often struggle feeding their baby in the first week of life, due to the effects of Diabetes itself. Breast Milk is the healthy food that protects babies from diabetes.
The MMBC is proud to work with the following Artists/Ambassadors who have been long-time supporters of the Mothers Milk Bank.
Marcia Howard (Goanna Band/ The Voice)
Marcia was a member of the legendary Goanna Band during the 1980's whose song 'Solid Rock' was ground breaking. During this time Marcia was introduced to Aboriginal Australia and this connection has influenced her connection to place and is reflected in her song writing and academic work. Marcia has five solo albums.
Her songs have been recorded with many legendary artists including Irish singer, Mary Black. Marcia is an original, compelling and charismatic songwriter, performer and music educator who regularly takes vocal workshops. She hopes by sharing her deep love of song, she will help people embrace their own unique voice.
A published picture book author and award-winning children's songwriter, Nadia uses her skills as a professional performer to engage children in a vibrant and interactive workshop full of stories, songs and loads of laughter.
She effectively uses drama, comedy and music as tools to activate children's imagination and creative curiosity. 'Nadia Sunde is the most intuitive performer/ storyteller/ singer that I have had the pleasure to meet. The kid's shrieks of laughter were a delight to me and the teachers, and all done with a sock and a teapot! Nadia, Houdini like, got a child who does not speak, to become a part of the storytelling. She's the benchmark that everyone else needs to aspire to. We want her back."
- Librarian, Seven Hills State School.
Zardi is a singer songwriter with a voice of pure beauty, experienced in Jazz, blues and folk genres of music. Zardi has been a devoted volunteer with the Mothers Milk Bank since its inception.
The artists will conduct song and voice workshops, working with community, listening to the stories of country and working closely with local song women, 'the keepers of the songs' to sing up country! These workshops will be incorporated into the Ruby Hunter Concert Show.
"The Milk of Human Kindness: A Beauty in our Culture to be Cherished"
"The Artists for Change in Support"
Diabetes in Pregnancy –Ruby Hunter Project
2008 The Ruby Hunter Project: Marea Ryan CEO and Ruby Hunter were working together with the aim to ensure safe donor breast milk would be available to mothers who experience Diabetes during their pregnancy. Mother’s own milk supply is delayed due to the disease itself, and a baby needs extra breast milk to prevent complications of this disease.
Ruby and Marea greatly value the worth of unifying all communities to work together. To this end planned education through music and songs with concerts to reach all. Sadly Ruby passed away suddenly in February 2010. With the blessing of Ruby Hunter’s family and her life, long partner Archie Roach, the Diabetes project has been named in Ruby’s honour.
2015 In order to honour Ruby Hunter and her heartfelt support for the Mothers Milk Bank Charity, artists have come together to continue the work Ruby started. This continued work to educate parents on the need to be prepared for the arrival of their baby is ongoing.
2019 Mothers Milk Bank received sponsorship and have partnered with a new community Australian Breast Milk Bank. New technology developed by the team at the Australian Breast Milk Bank will be available in 2020. We will have ante natal packs of pure freeze dried breast milk.
In order to continue to educate the communities of this very exciting news, the artists supporting the legacy of the Ruby Hunter joined with Marea Ryan (MMBC) & Kevin Condon (ABMB) to travel to western NSW, accepting an invitation from Bruce and Trish Shillingsworth to join the YAAMA NGUUNA BAAKA Corroboree Festival The corroboree highlighted the urgent need to find a way to return water to the rivers and the urgent need for pure safe breast milk to be available to all babies identified in need.
Travelling though the communities of western NSW gave Marea Ryan the opportunity to connect with health care providers, listen to their stories and form connections.
10 years on the legacy of Ruby Hunter will see all communities for the first time have access to our new “Just in case” bridging milk freeze dried breast milk pack. Protecting all babies in the first week of life from the effects of diabetes. Congratulations to the new community Australian Breast Milk Bank for developing the technology.
The Mothers’ Milk Bank artists whose song ‘Save the Rivers’ was written on country during the corroboree have donated the proceeds of each sale $2 to the Diabetes of Pregnancy - Ruby Hunter Project.
Education of artists by Marea Ryan (Portrait Photographer) has seen numerous national and international artists lending their support by signing portraits to be sold. Proceeds from the sales of portraits will be donated to the Mothers Milk Bank Charity
A fault developed and with NO onsite after sales service, one of our dads, an engineer re-volunteered to resolve the problem.
We apologize to all those families with sick babies in need, we had no idea it would take the company over three months to supply faulty part.
A huge Thank You to the MMB engineer Roger Brandon who donated hours of his time and expertise to identify the fault, order the part and install.