To provide families with the option of donor mothers’ milk when needed. Furthermore to see babies exclusively receiving breast-milk from birth to six months of age.
To support the guidelines established by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, along with the Australian federal and state governments. Above all these state that the nutritional needs of a baby are only fully met when given human milk in the first six months of life. Likewise a child continues to receive human milk along with the introduction of other foods until two years of age.
Their mission is to increase the proportion of Australian infants exclusively breast-milk feeding in the first six months of life. Consequently they make available to infants, screened and pasteurised donated human milk if their own mother is unable to breastfeed or supply breast-milk of her own.
To provide donated milk for as many infants in need as possible. Also 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.
About Mothers’ Milk Bank…
Foremost giving your baby the best start, 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 a 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.
Located in Banora Point, midway between the Tweed and Gold Coasts. The Mothers’ Milk Bank presently services the Northern New South Wales, Southeast Queensland region, Northern Queensland, ACT, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart.