Director of Austin’s Mothers Milk Bank will now lead the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)

on Jun 04, 2013 in Central Texas News, National News, News, Uncategorized

Austin Nonprofit Executive Kim Updegrove to Lead The Human Milk Banking Association of North America

A nationally recognized leader in infant nutrition and the value of human milk for babies, Kim Updegrove, executive director of The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, brings expertise and perspective to new role as president of HMBANA

 

AUSTIN, Texas

February 6, 2013The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin today announced its Executive Director Kim Updegrove is serving as President for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) for a two-year term that began January 1, 2013.

HMBANA is a professional association for supporters of nonprofit donor-human milk banking. It promotes the health of babies and mothers through the provision of safe pasteurized donor milk and support of breastfeeding. Updegrove also chairs the HMBANA Guidelines Committee.

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America and its leaders have been stewarding its mission for more than 25 years,” said Updegrove, “and I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as its president. As the demand for donor human milk continues to grow, I am looking forward to leading the organization as it develops a strong voice for breastfeeding advocacy and increased availability of safe donor human milk across North America.

As executive director of The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, Updegrove leads one of the nation’s largest nonprofit human milk banks operated under HMBANA guidelines. In 2012, the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin dispensed 366,550 ounces of milk to 100 hospitals in 21 states including Texas, Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina, Mississippi, Washington, Arkansas and beyond.

“The demand for human milk in neonatal in

tensive care units is at an all-time high,” said Updegrove. “As of now, we do not have enough milk to feed all critically ill or fragile babies in the nation. Every child deserves a strong healthy start in life, and I hope we can all accomplish together both on a local and national level.”

Updegrove is a Certified Nurse Midwife with master’s degrees in both Public Health and Nursing. She taught at Yale University School of Nursing and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

 

www.hmbana.org/.

 

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