ÓMMB | Oklahoma Mothers Milk Bank | Everything You Need To Know
The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank (ÓMMB) is a non-profit organization that provides safe, pasteurized human milk to sick and premature infants in Oklahoma and surrounding states. The milk is donated by healthy, screened breastfeeding mothers who have an excess supply of milk. The OMMB’s mission is to “improve the health and well-being of Oklahoma’s infants by providing safe, human milk for those who need it most.”
What is human milk?
Human milk is the ideal food for infants. It is easily digested and contains all of the nutrients that infants need to grow and develop. Human milk also contains antibodies and other immune factors that can help protect infants from illness.
Why is donated human milk important?
Donated human milk is especially important for sick and premature infants. These infants are often unable to breastfeed or tolerate formula. Donated human milk can provide these infants with the nutrition and immunological support they need to thrive.
How does the OMMB work?
The OMMB collects milk from screened donors through a network of drop-off locations and milk drives. The milk is then pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria. Once pasteurized, the milk is stored in a freezer until it is needed by a hospital.
Who can donate milk to the OMMB?
To donate milk to the OMMB, you must be a healthy breastfeeding mother who lives in Oklahoma or a surrounding state. You must also be free of certain medications and illnesses.
How can I get donated human milk for my baby?
If your baby is sick or premature, your doctor may recommend that you feed him or her donated human milk. You can ask your doctor if your hospital receives milk from the OMMB.
How can I support the OMMB?
There are many ways to support the OMMB. You can donate money, volunteer your time, or spread the word about the organization.
The Benefits of Donated Human Milk
There are many benefits to donated human milk. For infants, donated human milk can:
Reduce the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious intestinal disorder
Reduce the risk of sepsis, a serious blood infection
Reduce the need for surgery
Shorten hospital stays
Improve long-term growth and development
For mothers, donating milk can:
Help relieve engorgement and mastitis
Help establish a stronger milk supply
Provide a sense of satisfaction and purpose
The OMMB is a valuable resource for Oklahoma’s families. By providing safe, pasteurized human milk to sick and premature infants, the OMMB is helping to improve the health and well-being of our state’s most vulnerable babies.