In an effort to support moms and babies in Portland as well as the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, Zenana Spa and Wellness Center is now accepting donor breast milk.
Are you a breastfeeding mom with a healthy baby? Share your precious breast milk with babies who need it by becoming a milk donor. Simply follow these steps in order to donate your milk.
* Call the San Jose Mothers Milk Bank at (408) 998-4550 to set up
your eligibility interview.
* Once you have obtained your Donor ID you may start bringing your milk in to us.
* Donor drop-off days will be Monday and Wednesday between 10am and 4pm.
Where is the donor milk used?
Donor milk is distributed to hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada and are served by Human Milk Bank Association of North America.
Why use donor milk?
In the absence of the infant’s own mother’s milk, donor milk offers many of the benefits of human milk for the infant, including:
- optimal nutrition
- easy digestibility
- immunologic protection against many organisms and diseases
Human milk also contains growth factors that can:
- protect immature tissue
- promote maturation, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract
- promote healing of tissue damaged by infection.
Common reasons for prescribing donor milk include:
- Feeding/formula intolerance
- Immunologic deficiencies
- Post-operative nutrition
- Infectious diseases
- Inborn errors of metabolism
We chatted with June Winfield, Board Chairman of the NW Mothers Milk Bank, about other options.
ZSWC: If our readers don’t have milk to donate, but would like to help out, what else can they do? Donate money? Volunteer? (Right now, all of the milk donations go to the San Jose Mothers Milk Bank.)
June: Yes, we definitely need monetary donations to reach our goal of $350,000 to open our doors–we need equipment, staff, space and supplies. Volunteers are also needed as we initiate projects.
Both money (via Pay Pal on our website: www.nwmmb.org) or a check sent to our address–we are a 501(c)(3) organization–are needed and welcomed from all in any amount.
We appreciate all the networking and information that is distributed in our community as we work together to open a Northwest Mothers Milk Bank.
Juneʼs passions have revolved around the ﬁeld of lactation for over 36 years.
She wrote, conducted and compiled the initial surveys for the US lactation consultant profession which provided the information needed to form the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
June was the ﬁrst International Board Certiﬁed Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in central Florida in 1985 where she had been teaching, lobbying, promoting and supporting breastfeeding through her private LC practice; breastfeeding classes (over 300 taught); in-service presentations and workshops; and leadership roles in many local, state and national breastfeeding organizations and committees including Florida Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, Florida Lactation Consultant Association, International Lactation Consultant Association and others.
June has been a La Leche League Leader for 36 years.
June has also been involved in special projects including script and ﬁlm consultation and she has written articles on breastfeeding. When moving to Oregon in 2002 she continued her breastfeeding work as a lactation consultant and breastfeeding educator at Legacy Health System until retiring in December 2010.
Since 2008 June has worked as volunteer Board Chair of the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB). At the last minute she decided to attend an organizational meeting to discuss the need for a milk bank in Portland and at the second meeting she was elected Chair of the newly formed group.
Encouraging, supporting and sharing breastfeeding truths with women, families and healthcare professionals has been Juneʼs passion and true commitment. Leading the NWMMB Board of Directors has been a logical progression in her lactation career. She is proud to be working with 10 other dedicated Directors who have set the opening of a
processing NW Mothers Milk Bank as their goal by mid-2012.
June loves to travel worldwide and particularly enjoys cooking and eating new recipes.
We, at Zenana Spa and Wellness Center, appreciate your support of our goal to improve the health of babies everywhere!
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