Help us share donor breast milk safely, and reduce the barriers to receiving donor breast milk, nature's original food source for babies.
MMNZ are here for all babies be that; premature, sick, immune compromised, adopted, fostered, surrogacy, healthy full term babies, babies with feeding issues and mothers who are unable to breastfeed due to; insufficient glandular tissue, Contraindicated drugs such as Chemo or radiation therapy or antidepressants, mothers who have had a mastectomy or breast trauma/injury, or mothers whose milk is just slow to start and just need a helping hand in the first few weeks till their own supply catches up.
MMNZ have established a Virtual Milk Bank throughout New Zealand, connecting donors to recipients and sharing milk safely using blood screening to test blood for viruses that can pass through the milk and asking the donors to fill out a lifestyle screening questionnaire.
We are seeking funds to assist donors with the cost of their blood tests. These tests can cost between $180-255. MMNZ have secured a discount, however the tests cost us either $100 or $150 depending on the labs we are using, which is still costly. MMNZ have recently (August) received grant funding for some areas of the country covering 1/3, the other 2/3s are unfunded. The tests need to be redone every 3 months depending on how long the donor can donate for. We are also seeking funds to assist us with our day to day admin costs, freighting milk across the country, and to support our wonderful volunteers who support our donors and recipient parents.
As well as raising awareness on the benefits that mothers milk has for babies, we aim to lobby the government to fully support donor breast milk "as the next best thing to a mothers own milk" (WHO) by funding the blood tests. Donor breast milk will improve the health outcomes for those who are unable to provide breast milk for their own baby's and support those who are partially feeding with their own breast milk. Ideally donor breast milk should be the first step before Formula is offered, and we believe we can make donor milk an option for all NZ babies, with enough support.
By increasing the access to breast milk the health outcomes for the nation will raise, increasing immunity at such an early age is one way. Breast Milk decreases the chance of; Obesity, Asthma, Diabetes and cardiovascular disease to name a few, and lays the foundation for a health gut microbiome. By starting off with the human specific milk, we can save ourselves $$ in the future.
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To establish milk banking in NZ for our premature and sick infants. We are starting up a milk bank in Auckland or any where we have people keen. We plan to purchase equipment, pasteurizers freezers and computers. As well as lobbying and raising awareness on the benefits that mothers milk has for premature neonates.
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Just wanted to say that we truly appreciate the fantastic work that you and your organisation do and hope you will pass on our deepest gratitude to the other staff and generous donors. Your help came at a key time when to my shock I discovered my milk hadn't come in as expected and despite trying everything under the sun, it sadly never did. I can't describe our level of panic when we realised my poor daughter had been deprived in her first few days of life and lost a significant amount of her birth weight. We were truly terrified as we chartered unknown waters, she being our first child, and hit that unexpected obstacle. We will be forever grateful for the fact that while formula came to the rescue initially, we were glad to know that she also had the opportunity to receive the significant benefits of breast milk also throughout her first six months of life. It truly has meant a lot to us.