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Welcome to MOTHERS’ MILK ALLIANCE of Madison, Wisconsin!


Mothers’ Milk Alliance was born in 2007 from the meeting of two mothers: one with extra breastmilk and one with low milk supply. Both dilemmas are common and have occurred throughout time.

One timeless solution has been milk sharing. Shared breastmilk can optimize infant health and nutrition, while profoundly strengthening social bonds and community resilience. But many mothers do not know another breastfeeding woman or do not feel comfortable asking for such intimate help. Moreover, mothers want basic assurance that milk from another woman is safe. Their healthcare practitioners want this too.

Mothers' Milk Alliance is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education and health screening, and accessibility to local infants up to 6 months of age. Donor milk is free.


How It Works
  1. It starts with your phone call or email. You may have an over-full freezer, over-supply, under-supply, personal illness or be experiencing tragic loss. Maybe you're waiting for your milk to come in, and your baby needs supplementation. MMA volunteers are compassionate, knowledgeable and resourceful in all of the above situations.
  2. Schedule an appointment for donor health screening and lab testing or with a freezer host for milk pick-up.
  3. Read through the MMA website and all the MMA documents that apply to you. Print, complete and sign the documents required for donation or pick-up.
  4. Milk is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and infants younger than 3 months are prioritized. Supply always depends upon availability – please help us spread the word!
  5. MMA milk is NOT pasteurized. You can pasteurize donor milk on your stove-top by following the easy flash-heat pasteurization instructions found on the MMA documents page.
  6. Donor milk is FREE. Thanks to generous volunteer time and skills, MMA's expenses are kept to a minimum.
  7. Monetary contributions are greatly appreciated! MMA's main operational costs are the required blood tests, about $100 per donor. Checks can be made payable to Mothers' Milk Alliance, Inc. and mailed to MMA Treasurer, 2809 Commercial Avenue, Madison, WI 53704.

  8. MMA is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt entity. Your contribution to our 501(c)(3) organization is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.