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2016 COMMUNITY BENEFIT REPORT An Indescribable Feeling Donated Human Milk Saves Precious Lives Adele Tafoya-Ecker had an oversupply of her milk after having her daughter. When she looked around online and found that there were opportunities to donate her own milk, she jumped at the chance. Months later, she’s donated over 11,509 ounces of milk to babies who may not have access to healthy human milk. A Colorado-based nonprofit program part of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, Mothers' Milk Bank (MMB), collects, processes, tests and provides donor human milk to babies across the country. Babies who receive the milk may be premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive. “I came across the Mothers’ Milk Bank online and fell in love with the idea,” says Adele. MMB dispenses more than 760,000 ounces of milk to babies in more than 26 states on an annual basis, and approximately 85 percent of MMB’s donated human milk goes to hospitals for preterm and sick babies. Laraine Lockhart Borman, director of outreach for MMB, says donating to and receiving milk from a nonprofit milk bank guarantees that the milk will be safe, unaltered and provided to the babies who need it most. To achieve this mission, MMB has a network of several donation sites across multiple states 18 where experts collect milk from donors. A longstanding partner of MMB, Children’s Hospital Colorado opened its Donation and Outreach Center in April 2016. “Our Milk Lab became a drop-off location for women in the community to conveniently deliver their donated milk,” says Tena Kascht, lactation program manager at Children’s Colorado. “Many moms of hospitalized infants here have extra milk and choose to donate.” “Having a Donation Center at Children’s Colorado is a benefit to people living in the community, especially moms who have extra milk and know they can save a life with their gift,” says Laraine. For Adele, it did just that. “Knowing my donations have helped parents give human milk to their babies who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to is an indescribable feeling. It makes me happy that I was able to help such precious lives in need.” Since opening in April 2016, the Donation and Outreach Center logged 28 community drop-offs, and sent over 43,000 oz of human milk. One of 72 donation centers across the U.S