About NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank
NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank’s story began more than ten years ago as nurse and lactation consultant (IBCLC), Jannette Festival and her business partner Anne Marie O‘Gorman (former CFO of STARS Air-Ambulance) were searching for a solution to Alberta’s shortages in donor human milk.
At the time, people who live in Alberta did not have access to a donor human milk bank and precious donor milk had to be transported all the way from BC Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, which was the only milk bank in Canada.
Through the joint effort of experts in the field and more than a year of thorough research, NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank (formerly Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank) opened in 2012.
NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank is now “Canada’s only community-based milk bank.”1 and supplies breast milk for “mothers who cannot nurse as a result of a low milk supply, necessary medication usage, illness, adoption or surrogacy.”2 The team at NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank also makes it “possible for all at-risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies to receive human milk.”3
NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank – How they help
- Providing life-saving donor breast milk to sick and fragile babies
- Helping bereaved mothers in the healing process after the loss of a baby
- Giving Lactation Consultant advice
- Hosting monthly Breastfeeding Basics classes
Community Care Fund
NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank has set up a Community Care Fund for babies whose families do not have the necessary means to purchase donor human milk. The fund is 100% community-generated and ensures families in need can access donor milk for their little ones.
What people say about NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank:
“As a result of Covid, I was not allowed to feed my daughter for the first days of her life. During that time, she received donor milk from NorthernStar Milk Bank – a gift that I will forever be grateful for. NorthernStar & Donors, Thank you for all that you do!”4 – Amanda
“I am so happy to know that you have so much available that after prioritizing NICUs you can afford to give it out privately too! Thank you donors, you are amazing!”5 – Tamara Mendez, NICU Nurse
“I was an oversupplier since the beginning of our breastfeeding journey. I had built up a large freezer stash when a friend mentioned that there was a milk bank to donate to. I had no idea! I’m so glad that Colt and I are able to help other babies.”6 – Jalisa, NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank donor
“Thank you very much for your donation of breast milk. It has made a world of difference for my son. I really feel that the milk that he received played a big part in his recovery.”7 – Lenni, a mother who struggled to produce breast milk while her baby fought a rare form of liver cancer at two months. Little LJ made a full recovery after his father donated 20% of his liver to save his life. He is now 3-years-old and in great health.
To learn more about NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank and how they help families and their babies in need, please visit northernstarmilkbank.ca
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