By Kristin Stankus, digital community and social media specialist
Mother’s Day is around the corner — a day to celebrate mothers and mother figures for all they do. After all, from day one mothers provide newborns with the love and nourishment they need to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, some women are unable to produce breast milk for their baby for various reasons, such as physical ailments or chronic illness, and this can be devastating for mom and baby.
Fortunately, there are organizations that focus on recruiting human milk donors, and compassionate women willing to give, to provide this valuable resource to infants and children around the world. One of the largest is right here in the Bay Area — the Mother’s Milk Bank (MMB) in San Jose.
In 2014, MMB distributed over 500,000 ounces of donated breast milk to 114 hospitals in order to provide this breast milk to infants and children. Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is proud to be one of the three laboratories that tests donated milk for infectious diseases to ensure its safety.