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Austin Donor Appreciation Event

Austin area donor moms and supporters gathered with their children in October to celebrate their life-saving gift and commitment to the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin at our Annual Appreciation Event. With the beautiful Zilker Botanical Gardens serving as a backdrop, all in attendance enjoyed a fun, family-friendly afternoon, and a chance to connect with other donor moms in our community.

A highlight of the afternoon was hearing from former recipient mom, Tarah Walter, about her need for donor milk for her twins. The, now grown up and healthy, three-year old twins were a hit with their endless energy and enthusiasm—giving our donors a rare opportunity to come face to face with those who have been on the receiving end of the precious gift they provide to the preterm and ill babies we serve.

Breastfeeding Challenge Spans the Globe!

Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge From Ireland to Japan to Canada to right here in the heart of Texas, groups of breastfeeding moms across the globe gathered together on Saturday, September 29th to nurse their babies at the same time—11 a.m.—and be counted for the Quintessence Global Breastfeeding Challenge.

Across the globe, 3,750 babies at 160 sites in 7 different countries were all breastfed at the same time.

Austin Moms have been “latching on” for this challenge for ten years and 2012 was no exception. In years past we have had upwards of 200 moms gather for this fun competition to raise awareness and educate the community about the importance of breastfeeding and milk banking.

Despite clouds and heavy downpours, we had 18 moms come out to support the challenge this year, held at the downtown Austin Farmer’s Market. We may not have won the competition, but every child there “wins” because they are breastfed!


National Breastfeeding Month Photo Re-cap

MMBA Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month during August! National Breastfeeding Month Celebration & Awareness Concert
August 8th at Central Market

Donor Milk: The DocumentaryAustin Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse on August 14th


The Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge is Coming!

For Milk Bank interviews, please call Emily Hoppe, 512.494.0800,


Central Texas milk bank joins other groups at downtown farmers market, encouraging breastfeeding mothers to “Keep Austin Breastfeeding”

Austin, TEXAS--September 19, 2012—On September 29, many Austinites will travel to Oklahoma State to cheer on the Longhorns for Big 12 conference showdown. But a group of Central Texas moms will enter a worldwide competition to have the most breastfeeding babies who are “latched on” at 11 a.m. local time. The goal is for more than 200 mothers and their babies and older children will gather at the Downtown Farmers Market in Republic Park, located at 4th and Guadalupe. Registration will open at 10:30 a.m., and the event will begin at 11 a.m.

This is the eighth year that The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, one of North America’s 13 non-profit milk b…

Volunteering at the Milk Bank

Today marks the eighth week of my volunteer position at the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin—I have found a new passion. I heard about the Milk Bank through Kim Updegrove, Executive Director. I showed interest as a potential volunteer and within a week I booked my first shift.

What brought me here was no coincidence. I am constantly amazed by the sheer power of food and childhood nutrition. Whether from a research article or my own experiences with food allergies, good quality food significantly contributes to our optimal health and organ function. Now in college as a Nutrition-Dietetics major, I have a greater appreciation of how food works—it is not just the portion control or daily serving of greens that sets the foundation of a person’s health. Good nutrition, particularly during infancy, is one of the most crucial factors that determine long-term immunity, growth and development. Naturally, breast milk acts as a main source of food for newborns. It can also save a baby’s life if the…

Protecting Breastfeeding When Baby Can’t Nurse


• Breast stimulation normally begins soon after birth. Babies may be sleepy the first day. From then on, newborns breastfeed 8-12 times a day. Breast stimulation on Day 2 is important to prevent delays in your milk coming in. If complications cause delays, protect your breastfeeding options by following 3 Rules:

Feed the baby (hand-expressed or pumped colostrum or donor milk)
Protect the Milk Supply (hand express and pump every 3 hours)
Protect breast focus (skin-to-skin holding, use breast as pacifier)

• Colostrum (the first milk) protects the baby from infection and prevents excess weight loss. Hand express and spoon feed it to help wake a sleepy baby so you can practice breastfeeding.

• Rent a hospital grade electric breast pump if there will be a delay in the baby being able to breastfeed. Double pump for 12-15 minutes at least 8 times during every 24 hours. Hand expressing increases milk supply in combination with pumping and skin-to-skin baby holdi…

National Breastfeeding Month!

Today kicks off National Breastfeeding Month and here at the Milk Bank we could not be more excited! This month is going to be chock full of fun and educational events that will bring more awareness to the importance of breastfeeding and non-profit milk banking. We will be bringing you valuable information all month and hope you will join us at our fabulous events in Austin! This is our month, let’s CELEBRATE!

Become a Milk Bank Ambassador!