Mothers’ Milk Bank Opens Registration for Healthy Baby Summit
October 6 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration is now open for Mothers’ Milk Bank’s (MMB) bi-annual Healthy Baby Summit on October 6, 2023 at the Bridge Community Center in Arvada. This educational conference will bring together experts and practitioners in lactation and early childhood to promote the need for greater equity in infant and maternal care and empower attendees with tools to improve human milk feeding and other health outcomes for birthing parents and babies.
This year’s theme is Bridging the Gap Between Promotion and Practice: Making Equity Work. Keynote speakers include Mona Liza Hamlin MSN, RN, IBCLC, and Human Milk Banking Association (HMBANA) board member. Through her role as a nurse manager of Perinatal Resources, Community Programs, and Milk Bank for Women’s and Children’s Services at ChristianaCare Hospital in Delaware, Hamlin works to improve both health outcomes and health equity by ensuring that all birthing parents and caregivers have access to a full scope of perinatal care, support and resources.
Neonatologist Sonal Patel MD, will serve as the event’s second keynote to discuss the positive impacts of maternal wellness and postpartum visits, including how these home visits improve health by reducing rehospitalizations and increasing breastfeeding duration.
“We know the difference support in the 4th trimester makes to long-term outcomes in regard to both the physical and mental health of babies and birthing parents,” says Rebecca Heinrich, director of Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB). “The goal of this summit is to go beyond just talking about equity in infant and maternal care to making it a reality by giving attendees the tools they need to support birthing parents and babies with human milk feeding and maternal wellness.”
For nearly 40 years, MMB, a program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, has provided donor human milk to babies nationwide. The majority of MMB’s milk goes to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) to help support the most fragile babies. The remaining milk, about 10 to 20%, is made available to outpatient families who don’t have access to human milk directly as often happens in cases of surrogacy or adoption. For parents who decide to breast/chestfeed, it is normal to experience a delay as their milk comes in. Donor human milk can provide a “bridge” for babies during this time and help protect them from illness and infection while keeping their bellies full.
For more information about this year’s Healthy Baby Summit, please contact MMB at 303.869.1888 or visit our website.
About Mothers’ Milk Bank:
A nonprofit program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB) collects, processes, analyzes and provides pasteurized donor human milk to babies across the country. Babies who receive donor human milk are often premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive. The milk bank, located in Arvada, Colorado, is the nation’s second oldest nonprofit milk bank and consistently one of the largest sources for donor human milk for hospitals across the nation. In addition, the bank adheres to the strict guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, HMBANA. For more information visit milkbankcolorado.org.
About Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation:
Throughout the year, Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation provides critical support to more than 10,000 pediatric patients and their families. In partnership with hospitals and medical professionals, including hospitals like Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, we provide the financial, nutritional, and emotional support that pediatric patients and their families need to meet their essential needs. Because when we do, they can focus on what really matters: being there for their child.