The Human Milk Foundation

Help us save babies' lives with donor human milk

Much like donated blood, donor human milk is life-saving for premature babies. The Human Milk Foundation supplies donor milk to hospital neonatal intensive care units and to mums at home with cancer and other health conditions through The Hearts Milk Bank and support parents through crisis.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1172522)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£7,855

Time left

1 day

Donations

88

Championed by The Childhood Trust

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Medical ResearchMedical Research
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • LGBTQAILGBTQAI
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

United Kingdom

  • Donor milk saved my premature twins' lives. I am forever grateful to the HMF and the ladies that donated.

    — Anna

  • Dear Hearts Team and milk donors! I don’t know how to pick the right words to explain how much your help meant to us. Not only did you have an impact on our son's healthy start in life, you also helped us to fight through the cancer. Love, Yulia, Garrie, Vanya and our family.

    — Yulia

  • When Chris arrived with the donor milk I sobbed with relief and gratitude. It made the difference between despair and hope when my twins were in neonatal intensive care. Every parent and child should have access to the milk they need in a way that supports both mothers and children.

    — Jo & Chris

Situation

Premature babies are very vulnerable due to their immature immune systems. The impact of not feeding premature babies with human milk is devastating and can result in death from a condition called necrotising enterocolitis (NEC). If a mother is not able to produce her own milk, donor milk acts like a medicine to protect the baby from NEC, yet is only available on the NHS to the very sickest premature babies meaning hundreds of babies die each year.

Solution

The Human Milk Foundation was set up to address this inequality and to scale up to make it possible for every baby who could benefit to have access to donor milk, which will save hundreds of babies' lives each year. We provide specialist one-to-one lactation support alongside donor milk provision to families in the community to help them feed their babies wherever possible. The charity also leads and facilitates vital research in the field of human milk science.