A BIT ABOUT US
Mothers' Milk Bank of Tennessee (MMBTN) is a non-profit milk bank founded in 2014 by Susan Campbell, MD and Helen Scott, RN to provide pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) to at-risk babies across Tennessee. MMBTN is a developing milk bank within the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).
Since its inception, MMBTN has create 12 milk depot sites across Tennessee where mothers can drop off excess breastmilk and has collected over 350,000 ounces of donated milk. The organization is now opening a pasteurization facility in Middle Tennessee.
WHY DONOR MILK?
Natural, safe pasteurized human milk is needed because:
Human milk has been shown to decrease the incidence of life-threatening newborn infections
Some babies are not able to get milk from their own mothers
WHY A MILK BANK IN TENNESSEE?
Presently, Tennessee Level III+ NICUs are obtaining donor human milk from other states at higher costs and lead times
Mothers in Tennessee who donate milk must send it out of state - there's no guarantee donated milk will return to babies in Tennessee
Neighboring states have or are starting depots and milk banks
With much of the groundwork completed, now is the right time to begin a milk bank!
MMBTN AT A GLANCE
Mission: Provide Pasteurized Human Donor Milk (PHDM) to at-risk babies in Tennessee
Milestones: 12 milk depots (drop-off locations) across TN, over 350,000 ounces of donor milk collected since 2014
Next Steps: Open pasteurization facility in Middle Tennessee (<4 hr delivery to all of TN), achieve HMBANA accreditation