Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama Expands Reach with Opening of a New Pasteurization Lab
This spring, the Community Foundation provided a grant to the Community Food Bank to develop the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama . This week the milk bank opened its doors for a ribbon cutting and reception to celebrate the new pasteurization lab on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 .
The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama (MMBAL) was established in 2014 as a Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) approved milk bank depot and has expanded its capacity to build and purchase equipment for a local pasteurization lab. The MMBAL pasteurization lab is Alabama’s only HMBANA approved pasteurization lab for all human milk donations that have gone through the screening process. In just one year, more than 50 mothers have donated nearly 200 gallons of excess milk to Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama.
Previously, milk donations were sent to the North Texas Milk Bank for pasteurization and distributed to hospital partners. MMBAL will continue to serve the few moms who originally signed up with North Texas Milk Bank to receive donations.
The 501-c3 not for profit organization will distribute to local hospitals that already use donor human milk including Brookwood Hospital, Children’s of Alabama, Huntsville Hospital, Regional Medical Center in Anniston and UAB.
“Thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the Junior League of Birmingham, our new pasteurization lab enables us to process and distribute these local donations in our own community. We are proud of our donors who have helped launch this organization for our state. As we continue to build our milk donations, we look forward to partnering with other hospitals throughout the state.”