Ready to Be Part of #MomsUnite4Milk?

We’re glad to have you and grateful for your commitment to supporting moms and families across North America!

Here's what we know:

Though donor breast milk primarily serves babies in the NICU, some families also use donor milk for their healthy, full-term babies.

Although human milk is beneficial for all babies, it can be of particular help to the 10% of infants in the U.S. who are born prematurely and are susceptible to conditions like necrotizing entercolitis, a potentially life-threatening intestinal disorder.

Because of the current shortage, milk banks nationwide are experiencing a 20% uptick in demand right now, with that number expected to continue rising each day.

Even prior to the shortage, there has been a trending rise in demand for donated breast milk for years, with a 22% increase alone from 2020 to 2021.

Milk banks screen all donors to ensure they are healthy and meet HMBANA’s donor criteria, before being pasteurized to eliminate any germs that may have been present in the milk and tested thereafter to ensure none remain.

Breast milk strengthens your baby’s immune system and can help your baby fight disease and infection. It also contains growth hormones to help your baby grow and is easier to digest than most formulas.

We want to empower families to support each other through.


To do so, we are kicking off a month-long pump-a-thon and educational campaign to support moms and families who are uniting to help address this national crisis.


There are a few ways you can get involved today:

Join our month-long #MomsUnite4Milk breast pump-a-thon and donate milk to HMBANA or your local milk bank. We’ll provide 1,000 moms with breast milk storage bags if they agree to donate their milk to a nonprofit milk bank. Email your name and address to MedelaCares@medela.com and let us know how you’ll support!

Make a direct monetary donation to HMBANA. In addition, Medela will be making donations benefitting nonprofit milk banks across North America (up to $25,000) to elevate the important role donor milk can play in supporting this issue, find more milk donors, and increase capacity at their locations. 

Nonprofit milk banks in the USA or Canada can contact MedelaCares@Medela.com by June 30 to learn how we can partner. Support will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

In the meantime, you can also check out our helpful resources below and share them with other breastfeeding moms in your network.


You can more learn about the formula shortage – and  the important role that donor milk can play in supporting those impacted – directly from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Resources for Families

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How to Safely Donate and Receive Donated Breast Milk

For those interested in contributing to the issue or needs to access it, this detailed blog provides an overview of the process and includes some resources on how to get involved and contribute.
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AskTheLC.com

Relactation is a process that may require additional support from a professional. For those interested in the process or who may have questions, reach out to our IBCLC team for free guidance.

Join Medela Family

For expecting and breastfeeding families, this free app and email program includes customized support based on a parent’s breastfeeding goals, as well as a feeding/pumping tracker, virtual milk storage, and more! Get free, personalized support and exclusive perks to help you through your breastfeeding journey.

Breastfeeding University

Breastfeeding education plays an important role in duration. New and expectant families can access a collection of online courses and videos designed to help prepare for the breastfeeding experience. Use promotion code MCWA2CNS to get complimentary access!
Medela Cares

Learn about Medela’s commitment to supporting breastfeeding and families across the globe through our corporate social responsibility program, Medela Cares. An embodiment of our commitment to moms, babies, communities, and our environment, as well as an authentic, integrated expression of our Destiny Statement, learn how we’re changing the world for better alongside our mission-aligned partners.

Medela Cares

Learn about Medela’s commitment to supporting breastfeeding and families across the globe through our corporate social responsibility program, Medela Cares. An embodiment of our commitment to moms, babies, communities, and our environment, as well as an authentic, integrated expression of our Destiny Statement, learn how we’re changing the world for better alongside our mission-aligned partners.

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