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Final Push to Raise Funds for New England Milk Bank

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thanks to everyone who voted for the HMBANA milk bank in New England in the Ideablob contest last week. Thanks to your help, they've made it into the finals!

That means we need another push this week. For the next ten days, the milk bank will go head to head with seven other business ideas. Whichever one garners the most votes wins $10,000 in startup funds to get things moving.

The milk bank desperately needs this money to get up and running, so please take a moment to register and make sure to spread this message far and wide!


  1. Blogger Rachel | 6:19 PM |  

    I voted for the milk bank today. :) How often can we vote? The ideablob website is saturated with information but I couldn't find this critical piece.

    If you are clicking, please take another moment to vote for Columbus Lactivist aderouch at http://jumpup.intuit.com/start/ too. You can vote once a day through the 31st.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous | 10:16 AM |  

    Jennifer: I know this is off topic to some extent but so you know anything about the National Milk Bank? Does the donated milk actually go to needy families or to pharmacutical companies? Thanks, Charity

  3. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 10:23 AM |  

    I have never seen an official policy from Prolacta on what happens to milk donated via the National Milk Bank.

    They did finally release guidelines for the International Breast Milk Project after I questioned them on that. For the IBMP, their stated policy is that 25% of collected milk will be shipped to Africa and 75% of the milk will be "purchased" at roughly $1 an ounce and then used for whatever Prolacta wishes to use it for. That could mean the creation of their "human milk fortifier" or it could mean pharmaceutical research.

  4. Anonymous Joe | 7:20 PM |  

    I'm wonderring if anyone knows if a milk bank would provide for an infant whose mother refuses to nurse, as my wife has no intention of trying. Something tells me she'll flip her lid if I tell her I'm entertaing this.
    Thanks, Joe

  5. Blogger Casey | 7:39 PM |  

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  6. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 7:51 PM |  

    The HMBANA ones won't.

    They provide milk for babies with a medical NEED for the milk whose mother's are unable (not unwilling) to provide it.

    I'm sorry Joe, I think you're going to be up a creek on this one. I understand your frustration, but you're going to have to give your wife some space on this.

  7. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 7:58 PM |  

    Aww! Thanks Casey!

  8. Anonymous Joe | 11:25 AM |  

    I respect her decision to not nurse and she can have all the space she needs. No guilt trips or pressure from me, I promise.
    I'm just looking for another way for this child to get all the benefits of human milk. A close friend offerred to try to relactate, but I told her to forget it as she has had breast reduction surgery since nursing.
    So as of now, artificial supplements are the plan. :?(

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