Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin

Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin


Save the date! You don't want to miss this!

We are gearing up for our bi-annual Community Garage Sale with our wonderful MHEC partners at Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin

Community members and all birthing people are welcome to come and get any pregnancy, postpartum, and household items they may need.

Staff members from Maternal Health Equity Collaborative organizations will be there to share information about perinatal health and answer questions about our partners.

Have new or gently used baby or pregnancy items to give? The first hour of the event is dedicated to drop-offs. :)

RSVP today!
Exciting international milk bank update: Israel opened their very first national human milk bank in January 2020! Thank you, Dr. Tunie Dweck, MD, MPH from Ministry of Health Israel for sharing your poster on your first year operations experience at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Conference. We are so proud to be a part of this international group of donor human milk champions!! Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank
Hog Branch plays in support of Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin this Saturday, Aug 6th, at Central Market North Lamar from 5:30 - 8 pm. Great food and bevs and a playground for kiddos. Come catch some Funk From The Farm. Our new self-titled album is available from Blue Vada Records.
Two kid-friendly chances to catch some Funk From The Farm in Austin this week! Great food and bevs and playgrounds at both locations! Hog Branch plays The Boat ATX Thurs 8/4 from 6-9. On Sat 8/6 we play at Central Market (North Lamar) from 5:30- 8 for the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin Benefit! New album available from Blue Vada Records and local Austin record stores Waterloo Records Love Wheel Records End of an Ear Antone's Record Shop
❤️ Organizations We Love ❤️

We truly appreciate Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin!

All three of our NICU babies received donor milk which was extremely beneficial their first week of life.

We were fortunate enough to pay it forward and donate back to the milk bank to help other NICU babies in need.

If you or someone you know has excess milk, please share or consider donating to them or their nearest milk bank.

Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin took care of all of our expenses and shipping to donate to get this vital milk to the ones who needed it most.

Do you have a favorite organization to support or have a children’s organization we can share? Let us know in the comments ⬇️
During the WIC Breastmilk Donor Learning Series you'll hear from Kim Updegrove, Executive Director, Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin

Certified Nurse Midwife
During the WIC Breastmilk Donor Learning Series you'll hear from Kim Updegrove, Executive Director, Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin

Certified Nurse Midwife
Fort Hood WIC Clinic Clinic is hosting a 2-part series to learn about human milk donations and breastfeeding resources. The team of WIC experts and partners will discuss how to become a breastmilk donor and its benefits. WIC clients can also earn class credit for attending the live session.

Throughout the sessions you'll hear from WIC staff, Mothers Milk Bank Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin Baylor Scott & White Health La Leche League USA and St. David's HealthCare. Simply join the Facebook live event on the Fort Hood WIC page on Aug. 2 at 2p.m., Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. in Spanish, and Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. and a Spanish presentation Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.
Fort Hood WIC Clinic Clinic is hosting a 2-part series to learn about human milk donations and breastfeeding resources. The team of WIC experts and partners will discuss how to become a breastmilk donor and its benefits. WIC clients can also earn class credit for attending the live session.

Throughout the sessions you'll hear from WIC staff, Mothers Milk Bank Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin Baylor Scott & White Health La Leche League USA and St. David's HealthCare. Simply join the Facebook live event on the Fort Hood WIC page on Aug. 2 at 2p.m., Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. in Spanish, and Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. and a Spanish presentation Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.
GIVE: Misc Breastfeeding/ containers

I was handed with a tremendous amount of breastmilk closed tubes (can also be used for art projects or other container purposes), breastfeeding ni**le spray and Avent pump supplies. I'll keep it for a week with the hope that someone takes it before throwing it, I honestly have no idea what else to do with it.
🤱 En medio de la escasez de fórmula para bebés, Houston Methodist se unió con Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin para crear un centro de recolección de leche materna.
I was an undersupplier with my firstborn for many reasons. I was so uneducated and could never increase my milk. I pumped for a year and never made more than 4oz a day.

I have been blessed to be able to donate during this second journey I'm on. I had a pretty good oversupply in the beginning so I've been able to freeze quite a bit of milk. Felt so good to be able to give back in some way. I hope to donate more. This girl is happy to share 🙂

Happy World Human Milk Donation Day!
Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin is asking for anyone who can donate breast milk, to do so. They are fielding an increased number of calls due to the baby formula shortage.
Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin is our local milk bank. They are in need of more milk-donation. If you extra milk please consider going through the screening process to see if you can donate.
Throw back to that one summer where Kolin and I donated 1485 oz of breast milk to the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin and a friend called me the "Milk Whisperer."
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Be the hero for a baby in need. Donating your breast milk, money, or time can save lives. www.milkb Donate your excess breast-milk and become a life-saver today.

Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin saves babies’ lives by providing prescribed donor human milk.


Current and former donor moms: We want to hear from you! Go to to tell us about your donation journey, and you could be featured on MMBA’s post!


Thank you, Maggie!

This donor mom might look like she’s on her way to a vacation, but Maggie is actually dropping off 732 ounces of liquid gold.

Maggie’s dedication will help vulnerable newborns survive and thrive. Thank you, Maggie!

If you’re a new mama, you can help vulnerable babies too. Give us a call at 512-494-0800 or check out


While struggling with postpartum anxiety, donor mom Megan found strength in helping others.

“I had my son Teddy in January, and I was struggling with postpartum anxiety. Once I realized how quickly I was building a reserve with help from the Haakaa, milk donation was an easy decision.

Seeing my son thrive and the idea of helping his future friends in need helped me in my recovery too. We’ve donated over 2,500 ounces for babies in need!”

If you’re a breastfeeding mom thinking of donating, we want to hear from you! Visit or call 512-494-0800.


It takes a village to throw a good gala. These businesses' generous donations helped make Under the Milky Way the perfect evening it was. Thank you, Meridian Hive, Wheatsville Food Co-op, Batch - Craft Beer and Kolaches, Upper Crust Bakery, MILLER Imaging and Digital Solutions, BoobyBoons Lactation Cookies, Celis Brewery, Central Market, Oddwood Brewing, Origin Hotel Austin, and The Brewtorium Brewery & Kitchen!


Thumbs Up to a Great Team!

Donor mom Valerie and her cheerful little guy Jace have dropped off more than 500 ounces so far!

If you’re interested in becoming a donor, give us a ring. Call 512-494-0800, or visit to learn more.


World Breast Pumping Day

Happy World Breast Pumping Day, also known to pumping moms as Every Single Day.


We have a winner!

At Under the Milky Way 2023, our donor team asked guests, “if a donor has donated enough milk to cover 1,590 meals for tiny preemie babies, how many ounces did she donate?”

Kevin Brown, striking a pose here with his wife Teri, correctly guessed 530 ounces.

Congratulations, Kevin, and enjoy your beautiful MMBA water bottle!


Donor moms like Maria help ill and underweight newborns get the nutrition they need.

If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you might be able to help too. Visit or call 512-494-0800 to learn more.

Photos from Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin's post 01/25/2023

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Photos from Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin's post 01/24/2023

Photos from Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin's post

Photos from Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin's post 01/24/2023

Photos from Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin's post


Donor mom Emily is no stranger to the feeding struggles so many new moms experience. Her generosity in the face of that struggle has helped hundreds of newborns in need. Thank you, Emily!

“When our daughter Hannah was first born, she had TTN and spent her first night in the NICU. We were thrilled we were offered donor milk while she was away from us. She took to the bottle well, which was helpful because nursing was a struggle. I had trouble latching her, and the pain I felt made it difficult to continue nursing. Once my supply came in, we fell into a pumping routine and never looked back.

I grieved not being able to nurse, but I realized that pumping IS breastfeeding. There are very few “justs” when it comes to babies— “just” breastfeed, “just” use formula, “just” pump. There is no easy way to feed your baby. There was some trial and error, but with the support of my husband, family, and my virtual community, I could exclusively pump for the first year of Hannah’s life.

The best byproduct of exclusively pumping was that I had an oversupply that I was able to donate to other babies in need. It has meant the world to me to give back, and I am so thankful for MMBA and the lifesaving work they do.”

If you’re a new mom with milk to share, visit or call 512-494-0800.


“The best-laid plans of new mamas often go awry.”

No matter how much anyone plans and prepares for her breastfeeding journey, she'll face some unforeseen hiccups along the road.

We want to hear about the unexpected goofy, joyful, or frustrating moments you’ve experienced as a breastfeeding mom. Tell us in the comments what took you by surprise.


Today, Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin celebrates Martin Luther King Day by doing what we do. We are processing milk, screening prospective milk donors, and dispensing safe, donor milk to babies born too soon, too sick, or too small, for whom donor milk is lifesaving. Dr. King worked tirelessly for equality and nonviolent social change; we believe MMBA's commitment to equity in donating and receiving human milk are in keeping with his vision. Let us celebrate Dr. Kings' legacy by working toward a more equitable world for all.


Under the Milky Way 2023 is a week away! Don’t forget to RSVP and enjoy refreshments while learning more about what MMBA does and how milk banks work. Refreshments provided!



“First off, I wanted to THANK YOU for all you do for the tiniest little babies. I am so grateful that I was able to be a donor for a bit and play a small role in accomplishing your vital mission.

Breastfeeding was such an incredible journey for me and my little guy (pictured here), and it was made even richer knowing we could share with babies who were most in need across the country, especially in light of a formula shortage.

Although I’m sad I can no longer donate, I learned so much about my sweet son, myself, and how truly healing a mother’s milk is in so many ways! What MMBA is doing will remain close to my heart, and I hope to potentially donate in the future!”

Thank you, Nicolette, for helping vulnerable newborns receive that healing milk.

Considering becoming a donor? Visit or call 512-494-0800 to learn more.


Two Siblings, Two Donor Milk Journeys ❤️

“I'm so thankful for all the wonderful women who have donated their time, effort, and precious milk that unfortunately I’m unable to make for my precious babies! Two out of my three children depended on donor breast milk to help them sustain life and grow stronger.

My oldest was a micro preemie born at 25 weeks, weighing only 1 pound 15 ounces. My youngest was born at 35 weeks and born with an extremely rare disease called Hirschsprung's. Because of this disease, his whole colon and part of his small bowel have no nerve endings. Thankfully it’s only temporary, but breast milk is the only milk these babies could tolerate.

If it weren’t for all of the wonderful women who donate, in all honesty, my babies probably wouldn’t be alive.”

-Recipient Mom Talia


Come take a tour of Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin and learn more about what we do.

Cocktail or business attire is recommended. An RSVP is required to attend:

Parking info: MMBA's back parking lot, Stan's Heating and Air, and street parking available.

Questions? Contact Kim Updegrove, Executive Director, at [email protected] or


You don’t need b***s to help MMBA’s mission to save babies!

Visit to learn more about how you can support MMBA.



Thank you, donor mom Nicole, for helping little ones in need!

“I was laying on my couch one day, racking my brain on how I needed more space for my breast milk. We had filled our freezer and had milk at my mom's house and in the refrigerator. We didn't know what to do, so I thought, let's buy a deep freezer. We bought it, and it took only about four weeks to fill it up to the very top. I was exclusively pumping around the clock every three hours, and my baby wasn't eating nearly as much as I was putting out. I was so blessed to be able to produce so much milk, but it became a storage problem, which is what I would rather have than a production problem. One day, I remembered a conversation that a friend of mine had.

She mentioned that she was going to donate milk. I didn't think to ask any questions when she first mentioned it, but then something clicked! I said to myself, I can donate some of my milk to babies and moms in need. After praying about it and talking to my husband and other family members, I thought it was the most rewarding, selfless, generous thing that I could do while creating space for more milk that was to come in the next few months. I started my research, and my friend told me about the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin, so I just went with it.

The process was smooth, easy, and quick. I was so proud to be able to donate my milk, it brought tears of joy to my eyes the first time I did it. I donated a hefty amount of milk my first time and even more my second time. I feel so proud to have worked with this milk bank. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a milk bank to start here. The love and care I received from the staff were amazing as well. Every email was personal, and I didn't just feel like a donor number. I felt appreciated. I could feel the love. I enjoyed my journey.”

You can save room in your fridge and save babies at the same time too. Call 512-494-0800 or visit to learn more.


Meet baby Jack. Jack needed donor human milk during his hospital stay. His dad John shares his experiences as a new dad and milk recipient.

"As a new father, I felt helpless as my wife and new baby boy, Jack, struggled with breastfeeding. Our new little guy was so small and having a hard time latching. He was not getting the nourishment he needed. The hospital provided some donor human milk, and when we were discharged, we received milk from the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin. MMBA quickly got us stocked up on donor milk, and Jack started to put on weight. The milk provided by MMBA gave my wife and Jack time to overcome their breastfeeding challenges and get back on track. Thank you so much Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin for helping us through this very challenging time!"

If you’re a breastfeeding mom who wants to help babies like Jack, visit or call 512-494-0800 to see if you can donate.


Happy New Year from MMBA

🎉 Happy New Year from MMBA! 🎉

Thank you to the milk donors and financial donors who supported our mission throughout 2022. May the new year be a joyful one.


Thank you, Michele, for providing vulnerable babies with the nourishment they need!

“I had the opportunity to be both a milk donor and a donor milk recipient with MMBA. When my older son was born, I began pumping when I was able. My intent was to create a freezer stash for when he started daycare. Covid hit, he did not go to daycare, and we learned my milk was high lipase. He refused the milk because he did not like the flavor. I was left with a surplus of unusable (to us) milk, and I was so grateful to learn that MMBA would be able to use my milk despite the high lipase.

Fast forward two years, and my younger son was born and required a NICU stay. My milk was not yet in, and I was offered donor milk from MMBA to bridge the gap between my supply and baby's needs while he was in the NICU. I gratefully accepted the donor milk and felt so very thankful for the option. My little one came home, we were able to establish breastfeeding, and I began a pumping routine to give myself a stash for when I returned to work at the end of my maternity leave.

This time, my surplus milk was deemed unusable due to the high lipase, (he also did not like the flavor) and his dairy allergy that developed around three months of age. After being a milk recipient, I was happy to be able to donate my freezer stash to other little babies in need. My full-circle experience with MMBA allowed me to fully see and feel the tremendous impact milk donors can make for our tiniest population. MMBA will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you!”

Want to know more about how to help preterm and sick babies? Give us a call at 512-494-0800, or visit


If a winter storm has hit your area, check out these tips to keep your frozen breast milk safe.


Here’s our favorite kind of holiday giving!

MMBA is closed today, Monday, Dec. 26. We’ll reopen tomorrow at 9 a.m. May your holidays be joyful and warm.

Thank you to Madison, pictured here in 2020, and her mama, Robyn, for their festive generosity!


Wishing you and your family a restful and joyous holiday season!

MMBA will be closed on Monday, December 26 in observation of Christmas. We’ll reopen Tuesday at 9 a.m.


🎄 Season’s greetings from 2012! 🎄

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you to everyone who has supported MMBA in so many ways through the years.

Photos from Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin's post 12/21/2022

Thank you, Catherine and baby Elisa, for paying it forward!

"I am so grateful to be able to give back. My daughter was in the NICU, and I had to use four ounces total of donor milk because my supply was not fully in. They almost didn't give me the milk because she was a full-term NICU baby, but after I asked repeatedly and prayed really hard, she got some. My supply came in within the next few hours, literally, so I didn't need to use more than four ounces. I know it was the donor milk that helped reduce my stress so my supply could come in.

After that, I promised myself I would do whatever I could to give back some of my milk to help fill the milk banks so the hospitals can eventually be able to give more milk. I realized if it wasn't for those few ounces of milk, my supply may have never come in. Those first few days are crucial!

Look at me now–just donated 162 ounces and more to come!"

Call us at 512-494-0800 or go to to begin your donor journey.


Doing some online shopping this season? Don’t forget to head to and choose MMBA as the charity you'd like to support.

Find that perfect gift and support our life-saving mission at the same time!


Hey, moms: What’s on your holiday breastfeeding wish list this year? A deluxe breast pump, nursing pajamas, an hour to sleep or read without interruption?

Let us know in the comments!


🎁 Holiday Reminder for New Mamas 🎁

The demands of a new baby can drain even the most festive parent’s social batteries. Don't forget to take care of yourself.

The holidays should bring you joy and rest. If that means ordering take out on December 24 or skipping Great Aunt Agnes’s annual eggnog-chugging contest, that's ok.


For this week’s , we’re sharing some of donor mom Valerie’s insights on the highs and lows of pumping and donating milk.

“Donating our milk to help other babies and mamas was so rewarding. This experience was both easy and the toughest volunteering I have ever done.

What was tough was being stuck to a pump for several hours a day, cleaning and sterilizing supplies, and listening to my crying baby while I was literally tied to the wall. As someone who did not choose to exclusively pump but had to due to latching issues, I pumped every day for 380 days. I wanted my child to have the benefits of breast milk and was lucky to have an oversupply.

What was easy was knowing this was for a good cause and helping others. I was ready to quit several months in, and then the formula shortage changed my trajectory and made me think of all the milk bank recipients and their families. I found solace in an online support group for exclusively pumping moms.

Knowing our milk was helping my community kept me going. I wanted to share this here because no one in my life, other than my partner, really understands the journey this has been, but I think y’all might get it too.”

Visit or call 512-494-0800 to learn more about what makes donating human milk so rewarding.

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Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin saves babies’ lives by providing prescribed donor human milk. Donate your excess breast-milk and become a life-saver today.

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