Mothers' Milk Bank of Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit milk bank dedicated to providing safe, pasteurized donor human milk to the most vulnerable babies.
Founded in 2014
16 Milk Drop Depots (drop-off locations) across Tennessee
Opened pasteurization facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in November 2021
In 2021, certified as Member Milk Bank #31 with Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)
Who We Serve
Pasteurized Donor Human Milk is prioritized for the smallest and most medically fragile babies, for whom research shows the most positive benefits from human milk. At this time, Mothers' Milk Bank of Tennessee distributes pasteurized donor human milk exclusively to hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
The Need for Donor Milk
Natural, safe pasteurized human milk is needed because human milk has been shown to decrease the incidence of life-threatening newborn infections.
Prospective donors complete an application, medical screening, blood test and obtain physician's consent.
MMBTN's milk donors are volunteers who produce milk in excess of their own babies’ needs.
Donor milk is then transferred to Mothers' Milk Bank of Tennessee's facility in Murfreesboro. MMBTN filters, mixes, bottles, pasteurizes and cultures donated breastmilk from approved donors.
Once the processing is complete, the Pasteurized Donor Human Milk bottled and distributed to NICUs across Tennessee. Pasteurized Donor Human Milk is prioritized for the smallest and most medically fragile babies.