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Ingrid Andersson

Ingrid AnderssonTen years ago, the nearest human milk project was in Ohio. Bloodwork was shipped on dry ice to a Texas lab, and frozen milk went to the Ohio milk bank on "angel flights" flown by volunteer pilots. Very little milk came home to Wisconsin — families couldn't afford it, NICUs weren't purchasing it, and insurance didn't cover it. Ingrid helped many Madison area donors through that arduous process. In 2007 she took what she learned to local mothers in immediate need, bypassing costly shipments, airplanes and processing. Ingrid serves as MMA's founder and president and is deeply grateful to all the mothers, partners, family members, health professionals and advocates who have made Mothers' Milk Alliance a modern milk-sharing model that keeps growing stronger.

Ingrid is a fulltime nurse-midwife in Madison. Her passion for community-oriented, preventive health partnerships is inseparable from her passion for humane and connected food systems. She believes breastfeeding and informed choice milk sharing are under-prioritized parts of our health and food systems. As an activist clinician, Ingrid serves on various state and local boards and committees. She loves good stories, live music, gardening, singing, writing, and being with her family and other marvelous animals.

Hannah Bernard-Donals

Hannah Bernard-Donals Hannah has been involved in Mothers' Milk Alliance from its infant stages. In the beginning Hannah drew labs, held milk in her freezer and answered calls from both donors and recipients. Over the years, Mothers' Milk Alliance has grown and now Hannah serves Mothers' Milk Alliance through performing lab draws and serving on the board as vice president.

Hannah Bernard-Donals
Hannah sees working with Mothers' Milk Alliance as a natural extension of her work as a midwife. She is trained as a lactation counselor and one of the best parts of her job is supporting the mother–baby relationship. Hannah is the mother of three young adults who have always been happy to help when called upon to carry milk to the freezer. In her free time Hannah enjoys dinners with her family, yoga, walks, learning to knit, and watching Downton Abbey and Parks and Recreation with her husband.

Laurel Edwards Franczek

Laurel Edwards FranczekLaurel started working with Mothers' Milk Alliance in 2011, during the transition from a small milk-sharing group to a formal organization. Laurel serves MMA as a triage coordinator and freezer hostess, helping recipient families troubleshoot their babies' nutritional needs while sharing breastfeeding information and resources.
Laurel also volunteers with local breastfeeding organizations, leading mother-to-mother groups for La Leche League and serving as Board treasurer for the Breastfeeding Coalition of South Central Wisconsin.
Laurel is wife to Chris and mother to sons Ian, Alex and Erik, none of whom bat an eye at the frequent milk exchanges flowing through their home. They recently welcomed a new pup, Otto, and are enjoying the challenges of puppy training. Laurel enjoys walks on local trails and in dog parks, reading and coffee breaks with friends.

Johanna Hatch

Johanna HatchJohanna’s journey to milk sharing began with a too-full freezer when her son, Liam, was 7 months old. Through serendipitous connections, she was able to help another local mother reach her goal of feeding her child breastmilk past her first birthday. After the birth of her daughter, Aurora, Johanna was eager to continue and became a milk donor through both Mother’s Milk Alliance and the Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. Johanna believes human milk is the birthright of all babies, and happily joined the MMA team as a freezer hostess in Verona.

In her professional life, Johanna is a registered nurse, doula, and childbirth educator. In addition to her work with MMA, Johanna volunteers as a La Leche League Leader. She enjoys biking, yoga, home brewing, and exploring Wisconsin’s state parks with her family.Johanna Hatch

Tehmina Islam

Tehmina Islam Tehmina first became involved with Mothers' Milk Alliance as a midwife offering milk donor screening for women on the east side of Madison. She continues to play this role for the organization as well as serving as Board treasurer. The beautiful connections among all involved with MMA, as well as the organization's heartfelt, important community mission, keep her at the table.

Tehmina IslamIn addition to volunteering with MMA, Tehmina serves her community as a Licensed Midwife providing home birth maternity care in Madison and the surrounding areas and as Board Secretary for the Wisconsin Guild of Midwives. She keeps racial disparities in birth outcomes at the heart of her work and sits on the Fetal Infant Mortality Review committee and serves as a facilitator for the Institutes for the Healing of Racism. She lives on the near east side and is proud to be a part of MMA.

Laura Lewein

Laura LeweinLaura is the daughter of a midwife and remembers going on trips with her mom to pick up coolers full of breastmilk. So it only felt natural to get involved with Mother's Milk Alliance as a milk donor after the homebirth of her daughter in 2015, and then later as a freezer hostess in the summer of 2016. Laura is grateful to be a part of an organization that is helping increase access to breastmilk for all.

Outside of Mother's Milk Alliance, Laura works as a prenatal nurse at Access Community Health Centers, enjoys running, playing ultimate Frisbee, CrossFit, volunteering for Ice Age Trail Alliance and going for hikes with her husband and daughter.

Alix Loniell

Laura LeweinAlix Loniello discovered the wonderful world of human milk sharing by supporting doula clients through their breastfeeding journeys. She quickly became convinced that humans were meant to share milk! Alix is delighted and honored to serve families in the Madison area as a birth doula, CLC, and childbirth educator. An aspiring midwife, Alix is also studying nursing She believes strongly in the idea that when one gives time and resources to one’s community, they receive much more in return. She loves volunteering at MMA, the Breastfeeding Coalition of South Central Wisconsin, various doula organizations, Girl Scouts, and the Institutes for Healing Racism. Alix enjoys calligraphy, taking sudden naps, running unnecessarily long distances, reading all the good books, and spending time with her wonderful family: partner Dave and children Addison, Sebastien, & Valentino. Alix feels so lucky to be a part of MMA. What she loves most of all about being a freezer hostess is hearing donor and recipient stories!

Traci Martinez

Traci, Mario and LeticiaTraci became a passionate breast milk advocate first as a bereaved mother after her daughter Leticia was born still in 2009 and later as a recipient in 2011 as she battled an auto-immune disease. Pumping and donating Leticia’s milk for another babe in need helped both her and her partner, Mario navigate the grieving process. Milk donation gave both of them a purpose and was a healing way to honor their daughter’s life.

Several months after the birth of her son Rafael, Traci’s milk supply dried up as a result of a sudden and severe onset of Crohn’s Disease. Traci found herself in the painful position of not being able to make milk for her own child. Through the compassion and generosity of many mothers and midwives, she was able to provide donor breast milk to Rafael. Traci was eventually able to re-lactate, but not before her son received breast milk from multiple mothers! Rafael is now a strong, healthy, vibrant 4 year old.

Mario and RafaelHer experiences as both a bereaved donor and a recipient bring a unique perspective to Mothers’ Milk Alliance. Along with being a dedicated board member Traci serves as MMA’s consumer advocate. By sharing her story she hopes to raise awareness and compassion about bereavement, milk donation, and relactation that empowers other mothers. Traci’s commitment to health and community extends to her involvement with the Women of WORTHington and as a Garden Leader for St. Paul Community Garden.

Tanya Mudrick

Tanya MudrickTanya is honored to be an active member of the Mothers' Milk Alliance board of directors. In 2012 when her son Oren Jasper was stillborn at term, Tanya had the opportunity to pump and donate Oren's milk to other local babies who were in need. As a midwife, a bereaved mother, and a milk donor, she can offer a unique perspective and deep compassion to bereaved donors. She knows firsthand how powerful it can be to help and connect to living babies when you have had pregnancy and infant loss. Tanya is grateful to the other bereaved board members of MMA for the incredible support they gave her when she was pumping and feels blessed to be part of this circle of strong women.

In addition to working with Mothers’ Milk Alliance, Tanya provides education and support to others about family led funerals and green burials. She enjoys making music, doing a variety of craft projects, and spending time with her family. Tanya and her phenomenally supportive wife have two sons at home, a grown foster daughter and three babies who live in their hearts. In addition to providing support for lactation after loss, Tanya has been able to re-lactate and is excited to be a community resource for induced lactation. Tanya Mudrick

Cathy Szudy, in memoriam

Cathy Szudy Cathy's life work was pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, from the early 1970s up to her death in 2017. As an RN, a board-certified lactation consultant and nurse-midwife, Cathy was a trail-blazer on the breastfeeding frontiers in Wisconsin and a founding mother of Mothers' Milk Alliance. Helping develop milk-sharing systems in Madison and the Midwest gave her great satisfaction.Individually, she generously and happily helped thousands of mothers who needed guidance in breastfeeding their babies, and each held a spot in her heart. Cathy was also a bereaved mother and always found time and words to help mothers after loss. Cathy's greatest pride and joy might have been the fact that she passed her passion on: all her grandchildren were (are) breastfed.

2014 Community Breastfeeding Promotion Award

Award recipients