Mother's Milk Bank at Austin may be one of our more recent areas of engagement within the community but it is still one that is very dear to our hearts. After the birth of her daughter, Melody became aware the growing need for breast milk among newborns who have to remain in the hospital after birth in the Austin and greater Texas area. Over the past few years her involvement and dedication to the organization has steadily grown and she was recently asked to become a member of the board.
Formed in early 1998, by two Austin neonatologists, Dr. Sonny Rivera and Dr. George Sharpe. They recognized that tiny preterm and ill babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) fared better on human milk. Citing the medical literature that documented better health outcomes and lower care costs for infants receiving mothers’ milk – and noting that the nearest milk bank was in Denver – The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin was formed.
Since the milk bank’s official opening in 1999, it has experienced much growth and success, dispensing over 4 million ounces of pasteurized milk. Thanks to the dedication of ever-growing numbers of milk donors, volunteers, supporters, and staff, this year the Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrated its 17th anniversary of providing milk to preterm and medically fragile babies in Texas and across the U.S.