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Breastfeeding advocate raises money for The Milk Bank

Breastfeeding advocate raises money for The Milk Bank

Since 2014, Lasley, an IBCLC and Indianapolis resident, has done something she calls her birthday quest. Instead of receiving gifts, she has opted to help others by raising money for organizations that have had an influence in her life. This year she chose The Milk Bank. 

Donor story: Oversupply of love

What do you do when you have an oversupply of breastmilk? You donate it to The Milk Bank, of course.     After filling all her freezers, Wisconsin resident and mom of two, Jessica Safransky Schacht said an internet search is what led her to…

Donor story: Pushing herself toward the goal

Donor story: Pushing herself toward the goal

Support and determination are two words Lindsey Seitz can relate to. The first-time mom to 10-month-old son, Houston, said she didn’t know much about breastfeeding, let alone being a milk donor, but she was determined to do both.   “After ten month of extreme dedication,…

The Perfect Mothers' Day Present

The perfect mother's day present.

Does it exist?

Maybe you are a Jewelry of any kind Mama. Or maybe you would prefer a macaroni necklace? Surely a bouquet of flowers and a tasty brunch will fit the bill?

This year, the perfect present isn't something I can wear or admire for a few days, it is my family supporting a cause dear to my heart. Other moms.

The perfect present is a gift to The Milk Bank's Milk Money and More Project; a fund that covers the cost of donor milk for families who cannot afford donor milk.

The perfect present is supporting a mom who desperately wants the best for her child.

The perfect present is helping a mom who really, really wanted to breastfeed but just couldn't for a host of reasons.

The perfect present is giving a mom the time she needs to heal by feeding her baby the best alternative, donor milk. 

If you agree, please consider contributing to our Milk Money and More Project by donating in honor of the moms you love.

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Donor profile: Kaleigh

baby-home2How did you hear about donating your excess breast milk?I had a friend who donated and encouraged her friends to donate!


What happened that made you realize you had enough breast milk to share with babies in need? I was very frustrated the first week of pumping because I was barely keeping up with my son's needs. My son couldn't nurse and had to be tube fed (this didn't help my frustration). After the first week, I started producing over 50 ounces a day...can you say "milk mama!"


Was there anything unique about your pumping routine? I must admit that I broke the rules of pumping. I didn't pump every couple of hours. My schedule of pumping was consistent and I only pumped 3 times a day because living in the hospital and meeting with doctors consumed my time. I'm now going on 13 months of pumping and have never experienced a dip in supply.


Was your employer/spouse supportive of you pumping/ donating? My sweet husband was very supportive of my pumping and donations. He always dropped my milk off to The Milk Bank. Poor guy had his picture taken a few times during drop off :)


Would you donate again? Most definitely! This year has been one heck of a ride with my son's surgeries and too many hospital stays, but pumping brought some sense of relief and relaxation.



Are you a milk donor or recipient who would like to share your story? We would love to hear from you. Contact us!

Yes. Your Breast milk will be Different Colors. It's ok!

The Milk Bank would like all of our donors to know that every drop of milk is seen as “liquid gold”. The milk that a woman shares is life saving and we are always grateful for every woman who has made the choice to donate their breast milk. Often, though, we are asked if we can accept milk from approved donors whose milk may have some color and smell variation, the answer will always be YES!


Why is my milk a different color from one day to the next? 

Breast milk does not always look the same because it changes constantly in its nutritional composition. Breast milk is naturally designed to meet the changing needs of development in the baby.

Any unusual color of a mother’s breast milk is due mostly to her diet. For example, food dyes in foods or drinks can alter the color of breast milk. It may be thin and watery looking, and may have a blue or yellow tint to it. It can even take on a hint of green if large amounts of green colored foods are consumed. The color of the milk is usually not anything to be concerned about.

What if my milk smells different? 

This common. Moms might be concerned that their breast milk may taste or smell unusual, A change in the taste and smell of stored breast milk can occur due to an enzyme called lipase (which naturally occurs in breast milk) breaking down fat into fatty acids. It may have a soapy or metallic taste, however, this is not harmful but some babies may dislike the taste and refuse the milk. This doesn’t happen to many mothers, but in those who have a high lipase activity.There isn’t anything wrong with the levels of lipase in your milk; it just breaks down those fats extra fast.

Do milk banks even want milk affected by excess lipase?

Yes!  When the milk bank receives a donation of milk it is pooled and mixed with several other donors’ milk and then pasteurized, therefore any unusual colors or smells disappear.

As long as your expressed breast milk is stored correctly, your breast milk is perfectly fine to donate!


If you have specific concerns about your milk, please do not hesitate to contact us!




How to Pack Your Milk for Shipment

How to Pack Your Milk for Shipment

by: Jami Marvin, The Milk Bank Pasteurization Coordinator

We often times hear from donors how difficult it is to pack up and ship off their hard earned milk. To many, its as if they are shipping off a part of themselves or their baby. Donors want to make sure their milk donations arrive safe and sound.

These tips should help:

  1. Put the individual bags of milk into larger bags such as grocery bag or bags that have zipper seals. This also helps prevent the milk from being jostled around during shipping. It also helps keep the milk close together and frozen longer.
  2. Make sure that the milk is packed tight in the ziplock bags and also the box. The more tightly packed the box is, the less room there is for the milk to move.
  3. For Mik Depots:  Please pack only one mom per box and clearly label the donation with a name and donor number. Individual Donors, please include your donor information: Last name and Donor number.
  4. Every box needs 5lbs of dry ice.  Double wrap the dry ice so that it does not come into direct contact with any of the milk. Optimal freezing temperature for breastmilk is between -18 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry ice is -109.3 degrees Farenheit. If the dry ice comes into direct contact with the frozen breast milk could make the bags brittle and more likely to break or the dry ice can over freeze the milk. Place the double wrapped dry ice on the top of the milk as close to the middle as possible.
  5. If there is any extra space in the box after the dry ice has been placed, stuff the extra space with crumpled newspaper, craft paper, bubble wrap or even some crumpled plastic bags. The key is to keep it tight!
  6. Put the Styrofoam lid back onto the box and make sure that none of the extra filling is going to prevent it from completely shutting. Do not take out any of the filling if it can simply be pushed down into the box.
  7. Make sure the outer cardboard box is properly taped. Make sure not to cover the fragile stickers and your milk is safe and ready to be shipped!

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Of course, if you have any questions, please contact us at any time!
This post is intended for approved milk donors who do not have a Milk Depot location close. Approved donors are always to use a milk depot or ship their donations themselves.


Small Things Make a Big Difference: Twenty4Change Dinner

Dinner to benefit IMMB and our Babies!

Twitter is really a funny thing. Connects can be made in an instant, which is how we found out about twenty4change, a small local organization that brings people together to support a local small non-profit who is doing big things by partnering with a local restaurant who provides a fix price meal. Dinners get a great meal at a great price and donate $20 to the organization. Genius, right!

Twenty Four people gather last night at after-Taste, thanks to twenty4change all to learn more about us! We shared a fabulous dinner with these wonderful, charitable people, some who had never heard of us or the important work we do. They asked great questions and we left with our pockets, hearts and bellies a little bit fuller.

Thank you twenty4change!

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!