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July 07th 2014: It’s In the Bank: Mother’s Milk for More Babies

“Guinness Book of World Records” may seem like a funny sort of place to find the words “breast milk,” but the recordkeeping organization recently drew attention to babies’ need for donor milk when it recognized a U.S. mother for “donating the most breast milk ever.” Amelia Boomker, Java developer and mother of four, was recognized for pumping and donating nearly 483 liters of breast milk to the Indiana Mother’s Milk Bank between 2008 and 2013! Still, many women do not know that breast milk banks exist, and far too much breast milk ends up being discarded each year. Why should mothers contribut

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Amelia Boomker

Born and raised in Chicago, Amelia was breastfed; her mother also donated to a local milk bank. During a bad illness at age 1, Amelia was a recipient of donor milk. She learned early in school and sports never to give up even when the challenges are large, and she credits this sense of determination in helping her to pump and donate milk for babies in need. Amelia met her husband at Valparaiso University, and the two married shortly after graduation. The couple has four boys together. Danny was born in 2005 with a severe complex heart defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He has undergone several surgeries and was unable to breastfeed. So that he could receive her milk, Amelia began pumpi
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Kim Updegrove

Kim is the Executive Director of the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin and the President of the Executive Committee of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). In her role at the Mothers’ Milk Bank, Kim is responsible for all mission-related activities, financial and personnel management, and fundraising, as well as oversight of milk donor screening, milk processing and nutritional analysis, and recipient programs. A popular speaker on the topic of donor breast milk for premature and fragile infants, Kim provides educational and outreach to hospitals, community and professional organizations and collaborates with I.S. and international researchers on the nutritional effects o
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