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Frigid temps, illness and breastfeeding

Frigid temps, illness and breastfeeding

With frigid temperatures blowing across the Midwest, The Milk Bank offers a few suggestions on breastfeeding during colder months and the presence of illness.

Intentional Living in 2019

Intentional Living in 2019

It’s the time for resolutions. There is such a demand on mothers to be everything and more for yourself, your significant other, your kids. After the miraculous process of growing and then birthing a baby, moms are expected to achieve superhero status in home organization, child-rearing and physical activity.

Donor story: When ‘thanks’ is not enough

Donor story: When ‘thanks’ is not enough

What do you do when you’re on bed rest for seven weeks? Well, not much, according to Lynn Parkhurst. “I just laid there. I learned how to crochet. I caught up on a lot of shows,” the Wisconsin mom of two said. Both of her…

Human Milk Banking Association of North America conference recap

Human Milk Banking Association of North America conference recap

The Sixth International Congress on Donor Human Milk Banking   Human Milk 2016: Culture, Composition, Use   The Milk Bank was prominently represented at the Sixth International Congress on Donor Human Milk Banking April 11 and 12 in Orlando, Fla.  Two staff members and…

Donor story: When ‘thanks’ is not enough

Donor story: When ‘thanks’ is not enough

What do you do when you’re on bed rest for seven weeks? Well, not much, according to Lynn Parkhurst. “I just laid there. I learned how to crochet. I caught up on a lot of shows,” the Wisconsin mom of two said. Both of her…

Milk Storage {How to Reduce Contamination}

Pumping. We know it's hard work. We know it's not your favorite thing.  

We'd like to show you how just a few short steps can reduce the possibility of contamination.

  1. Before Pumping, wash and dry your hands.

  2. Express your milk into a CLEAN container that is designed for breast milk. A milk storage bag or bottle are best.

  3. PLEASE DO NOT OVERFILL MILK STORAGE BAG! We know your just trying to conserve as much space, time and money as possible but when we defrost an over filled bag it general has holes from where the milk expanded during freezing. That tiny hole can introduce contaminates into the milk.

  4. Refrigerate or freeze milk within 30 minutes of pumping. We know your pumping at work and will need to transport your milk home, please use an ice pack and cooler to do so.

  5. {Do we want to say something about combining multiple days worth of milk}

  6. Wash with warm soapy water and rinse the parts of your pump that touch your breast after each use. Wash or refrigerate all other parts. {How do we feel about Quick Clean Clothes?}

  7. Keep milk in the back of your freezer for no more then 6 months for a side by side or top freezer. {specific guidelines}

 

 

Phone System Down {email us}

Remember our old phone system?

Yep, That's the one.

Well, it isn't working.  Don't worry. We've ordered a new system complete with voicemail and extensions!

The trouble is, if you need to reach us now, you're best bet is email (jorourke@immb.org or bjenson@immb.org) or our cell phones: Janice- 317-809-7280 or Breanna 317-750-9453.

Please CALL either of those number to place orders for pasteurized donor human milk until we can get our phones and fax up and running.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Welcome to Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank

Welcome to the Milk Bank!

Ever wonder where your milk goes? Or who you're speaking with when you call?

Here's a look into IMMB!

IMMB Front Door
Front Desk
Bereavement Tree

Most of our donated Milk is shipped directly to us.

Human Milk Donations

Sometimes we visit a Mom's house to pickup her Milk.

Freezer full

We inventory the milk once it arrives and store it in our freezers until we are ready to use it.

Freezer Full

Ready, Set, PASTEURIZE! Milk thaws for a few hours before being poured into beakers.

Milk Defrosting
Flasking Milk
Milk Thawing

After thawing, the milk is homogenized, bottled then sealed.

Pasteurized Donor Human Milk
Steerifeed Pasteurizers

After Pasteurization, the milk is labeled and a sample is sent to the lab to test for sterility. Once the results come back from the lab, we are able to approve a batch of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk for use.

PDHM Ready to be sent to Hospitals

IMMB Staff

Janice O'Rourke
Rachel Pritz
Breanna Jenson
Terry Jo Curtis
Erin Connor
Mable Clayburn
Carissa Hawkins
Janice Bussell

 Thanks for stopping by!

Thank You Groupon G-Team!

Dear Groupon G-Team, We are so very Thankful for the resources this Groupon has provided us! We are especially Thankful to all of you, for purchasing our Groupon!

Not only did this deal make a huge impact to our Milk Money & More Program, we've also received multiple inquiries from potential donors who found us through Groupon! Amazing!

Sincerely,

The Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank Team

Groupon for Breast Milk

2012 Year in Review {2013 Goals}

2012:What a BIG year!

2012 was the year IMMB grew by leaps and bounds in every aspect! We hired more staff, received more milk and was able to dispense more Pasteurized Donor Human Milk then EVER before!

 

Donor Mamas:

We approved a total of 400  of you sweet, caring, generous Mamas! That's 100 more then last year which was 50  more then the year before. 

In all, you guys donated a little over 100,000 ounces more in 2012 then in 2011. If that doesn't strike you as a huge increase maybe this will. 100,000 ounces is 25,000 more 4 ounces bottles of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk. That's a lot!

Pasteurized Donor Human Milk OUT the Door:

In 2011, we sent out 92,696 ounces of milk and that was a huge jump from 201o's 73,678. We ended 2012 with having dispensed 152,902 ounces. We were hoping for a 10% increase and are shocked that we ended the year with a 60% increase.

 

2013 Goals: