Mothers Milk NZ

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Help us share donor breast milk safely, and reduce the barriers to receiving donor breast milk, nature's original food source for babies.

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  Nationwide Sick Kids

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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Mum Y would like to thanks us.   30 August 2019

Posted by: Mothers Milk NZ

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.

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Guest Donor on 02 Aug 2020
You guys are just fabulous <3 All the best with securing long term sponsorship for this amazing venture! Xx
Loveday on 28 Apr 2020
Still as indebted as ever thank you so so much. X
Mothers Milk NZ

Awww you are so so kind and we love helping you receive donor milk! thank you so much. X

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Jenna on 23 Apr 2020
Mothers Milk NZ

Hi Jenna, thank you so much for your generous donation, this money can send milk from Auckland to Christchurch for a needy baby. We are so grateful to you. :)

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 07 Mar 2020
A huge thank you from a very grateful Mum and Dad. Mum doesn’t have any tissue to produce milk and this amazing service allows us to feel we are giving baby a best start in life. Thank you to the generous donors and those working behind the scenes. Keep up the great work! X
Mothers Milk NZ

Aww thank you, you are more than welcome! we love to help mothers like you. I am so pleased we you are one of our recipients. thank you kindly. Emma

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Loveday on 14 Jan 2020
Thank you for the lifesaving milk that arrived in the nick of time for our heart baby..our relief was indescribable as is our gratitude.
Mothers Milk NZ

Hi, you are so so welcome! we love to ease the pressure on our dear mothers/parents who are having more than the usual new baby struggles. thank you kindly, Emma

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