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We’ve Got a GREAT Art Show For You Austin!

posted on Jul 20, 2011 in Central Texas News, Current Efforts by

Thank you so much Central Texas (and others) for the spectacular art work that was submitted.

A big thanks as well to all of our sponsors who have made this event possible.

We got so many great submissions and we are looking forward to sharing your work with the community.

we will begin reviewing all submissions and send out an e mail to all artists who have been selected for the event.

All selected pieces can be dropped off for instalation Aug 3rd from 10 – 12 and 5-7pm If those times don’t work for you let us know and we have access to the studio so we can meet you there.

Judging will take place once the art pieces have been received and installed.  Probably Aug 4th.

The event will take place the 5th and 6th.
Friday is a fundraiser, advance viewing, and networking opportunity.  The winning piece will be announced and HMHB Hero award given.  Dinner and drinks included.  tickets are $25

Saturday is for the community.  It’s free and open to the public.  Art pieces will be for sale (if artist has elected to sell it)  We will also have give aways and prizes, live figure modeling and art work being created, screen printing, t shirts for sale, snacks and drinks provided.

The winning piece will be a roving art piece that will be housed by all the sponsors that are interested in displaying it, for a month, then permanently displayed at The Mothers Milk Bank.

Our hopes for this event is to highlight local artists, get more breastfeeding artwork into the community, and normalize breastfeeding as Mother Nature’s Masterpiece.

Thanks so much Austin for your love of the arts and support of healthy moms and healthy babies.

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It is going to be a spectacular event.

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Mothers Milk Bank of Austin in urgent need of donations.

posted on Mar 25, 2011 in Central Texas News by

As demand for human milk increases, because of it’s critical immunological properties and growth factors,  we are in greater need for donors. 

Please consider donating and spread the word.

Nationwide supply is inadequate to meet demand for premature and ill infants in need

The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, one of the largest suppliers of donor human milk to hospitals across Texas and in 14 states, is joining The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) to ask healthy lactating mothers to consider donating to a milk bank so that fragile babies will be fed this life-giving and sustaining nutrition.

HMBANA announced that the non-profit milk banks in the U.S. have reached critically low levels of screened donor human milk for fragile babies in relation to demand.

“We are grateful for the hundreds of women who have donated their time and their life-saving milk to The Mothers’ Milk Bank over the last year,” says Kim Updegrove, RN, CNM, MSN, MPH, Executive Director, The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin. “Our goal is to find 500 donor women in 2011 to meet the growing demand for this resource.”

Neonatologists who care for the tiniest and most fragile patients use donor human milk because it provides immunologic and growth factors as well as optimal nutrition. “A mothers’ own milk is the superior food for premature infants, and when a mother cannot provide, donor human milk is the next best thing – it is truly life-saving,” says Peter Untalan, MD, a neonatologist and president of the board of trustees, The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin.

The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin provides donor milk to 57 hospitals across Texas and the U.S., including Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where mothers’ own milk and donor human milk are the standard of care for premature infants. Premature infants who are fed with human milk decrease their risks of a serious and life-threatening intestinal infection known as necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC.

Though rates of premature birth remain steady in the U.S., at one in 8 live births, the demand for donor human milk is rising because of its effectiveness. “We have seen the rates of NEC decline from 8-10 percent to less than one percent since 2009, when we began requiring pasteurized donor breast milk when mothers’ own milk is not available for our infants,” says Nancy Hurst, PhD, RN, IBCLC, and director of Women’s Support Services at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Women who are lactating can donate milk to The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin regardless of where they live. In 2010 the milk bank received donations from women in 35 states and 62 cities in Texas. Prospective donors across the U.S. may call toll-free
1-877-813-6455. In Central Texas, prospective donors may call 512-494-0800


About the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin

The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accept, pasteurize and dispense donor human milk by physician prescription, primarily to premature and ill infants.

 Donor human milk — what is it exactly?

  • It’s life saving nourishment for sick and premature babies.
  • It’s pasteurized breast milk scientifically analyzed to meet the specific needs of fragile and sick babies.
  • It’s passive immunization against everything scary — and —
  • It’s Mother Natures’ Most Powerful Prescription.

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The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

posted on Feb 03, 2011 in News from Around the World by

On January 20, 2011, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding in the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University.

Everyone Can Help Make Breastfeeding Easier, Surgeon General Says in “Call to Action”

Benjamin cites health benefits, offers steps for families, clinicians and employers

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 20, 2011 – Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin today issued a “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding,” outlining steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.

“Many barriers exist for mothers who want to breastfeed,” Dr. Benjamin said. “They shouldn’t have to go it alone. Whether you’re a clinician, a family member, a friend, or an employer, you can play an important part in helping mothers who want to breastfeed.”

“Of course, the decision to breastfeed is a personal one,” she added, “no mother should be made to feel guilty if she cannot or chooses not to breastfeed.”

While 75 percent of U.S. babies start out breastfeeding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, only 13 percent are exclusively breastfed at the end of six months. The rates are particularly low among African-American infants.

Many mothers who attempt to breastfeed say several factors impede their efforts, such as a lack of support at home; absence of family members who have experience with breastfeeding; a lack of breastfeeding information from health care clinicians; a lack of time and privacy to breastfeed or express milk at the workplace; and an inability to connect with other breastfeeding mothers in their communities.

Dr. Benjamin’s “Call to Action” identifies ways that families, communities, employers and health care professionals can improve breastfeeding rates and increase support for breastfeeding:

  • Communities should expand and improve programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling.
  • Health care systems should ensure that maternity care practices provide education and counseling on breastfeeding. Hospitals should become more “baby-friendly,” by taking steps like those recommended by the UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
  • Clinicians should ensure that they are trained to properly care for breastfeeding mothers and babies. They should promote breastfeeding to their pregnant patients and make sure that mothers receive the best advice on how to breastfeed.
  • Employers should work toward establishing paid maternity leave and high-quality lactation support programs. Employers should expand the use of programs that allow nursing mothers to have their babies close by so they can feed them during the day. They should also provide women with break time and private space to express breast milk.
  • Families should give mothers the support and encouragement they need to breastfeed.

Family members can help mother’s prepare for breastfeeding and support their continued breastfeeding, including after her return to work or school.

According to the “Call to Action,” breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, and those who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese. Mothers themselves who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the nation would save $13 billion per year in health care and other costs if 90 percent of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months. Dr. Benjamin added that, by providing accommodations for nursing mothers, employers can reduce their company’s health care costs and lower their absenteeism and turnover rates.

“I believe that we as a nation are beginning to see a shift in how we think and talk about breastfeeding,” said Dr. Benjamin. “With this ‘Call to Action,’ I am urging everyone to help make breastfeeding easier.”

To order printed copies of the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” and other materials, please call 1-800-CDC-INFO or email and reference the publication title.

For more information on breastfeeding, go to or

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Sec. 165.001 Legislative Finding

posted on Feb 02, 2011 in Texas by

The legislature finds that breastfeeding a baby is an important and basic act of nurture that must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values. In compliance with the breastfeeding promotion program established under the federal Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. Section 1771 et seq.), the legislature recognizes breastfeeding as the best method of infant nutrition.

Sec. 165.002 Right to Breastfeed
A mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.

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Break time requirement for nursing mothers

posted on Feb 02, 2011 in Mother-Friendly Legislation, U. S. by

Breastfeeding and going back to work – You Can Do It, and your employer will help.

Break time requirement for nursing mothers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), which took effect when the PPACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010 (P.L. 111-148). This law amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Taiwan passes new law to support mothers breastfeeding in public.

posted on Nov 16, 2010 in News from Around the World by

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ABC news highlights the invention of an ER Doctor and mother of NICU baby.

posted on Nov 16, 2010 in News from Around the World by

(Disclaimer: Central Texas Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition does not endorse or validate the efficacy of this product.  It is simply an interesting story that we would like to share)

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2 Kilo premie twin revived by “Kangaroo Care” after 20 minutes of rececutation by hospital staff.

posted on Nov 16, 2010 in News from Around the World by

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Milk and Taxes: Houston Chronicle article that discusses the IRS decision not to allow breastfeeding supplies for Tax free Health spending accounts.

posted on Nov 16, 2010 in Central Texas News by

Viagra qualifies for a tax break. Acne creams also make the cut, as do denture adhesives. But according to a recent Internal Revenue Service decision, breast-feeding supplies do not.

A new mother can’t use her tax-free flexible spending account to pay for a breast pump or a lactation consultant because the IRS, in its medical wisdom, has ruled that breast-feeding doesn’t offer enough health benefits to qualify…

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