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About Us

Mission

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.

Milestones

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.

Standards

We are a member of and follow the guidelines mandated by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

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Step 1

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. 

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Step 2

After approval, donors deliver their milk frozen to one of MMBTN's 16 Milk Drop Depots located throughout Tennessee. Milk Drop Depots are strategic partners who provide a convenient place for approved donor mothers to drop off their donations.

Step 3

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. 

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Step 4

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.

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The Journey of a Milk Drop
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