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The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin saves babies' lives by providing prescribed, pasteurized donor human milk.
In early 1998, two Austin neonatologists, Dr. Sonny Rivera and Dr. George Sharpe, invited other healthcare providers to discuss the formation of a milk bank to serve the Central Texas region. Drs. Sharpe and Rivera had observed that the tiny preterm and ill babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) they supervised fared better on human milk. Citing the medical literature that documented better health outcomes and lower care costs for infants receiving mothers’ milk - and noting that the nearest milk bank was in Denver - the two physicians gathered support from their hospitals and colleagues to go ahead with the project. An advisory board was created and a name was chosen: The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin.Success: Drop by Drop
Since the milk bank’s official opening in 1999, we have experienced much growth and success. Thanks to the dedication of our ever-growing numbers of milk donors, volunteers, supporters, and staff, this year the Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrated its 16th anniversary of providing milk to preterm and medically fragile babies in Texas and across the U.S.
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