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Mothers’ Milk Alliance is officially in process of changing our name to Madison Area Donor Milk Alliance. We initiated this change to honor our generous donors who help feed local babies, to recognize that not only mothers feed babies, and to acknowledge the alliance of partners that makes our organization successful. It takes a community to do the work we do and we look forward to rolling out our new name!

Please see the DOCS page for our Covid-19 practices and protocols.

We recognizes the impact of historic and systemic racism in our organization and we commit to anti-racism.

Madison Area Donor Milk Alliance (MADMA), formerly known as Mothers’ Milk Alliance (MMA) 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.

Madison Area Donor 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. MADMA 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 MADMA website and all the MADMA 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. MADMA milk is NOT pasteurized. You can pasteurize donor milk on your stove-top by following the easy flash-heat pasteurization instructions found on the MADMA documents page.
  6. Donor milk is FREE. Thanks to generous volunteer time and skills, MADMA's expenses are kept to a minimum.
  7. Monetary contributions are greatly appreciated! MADMA's main operational costs are the required blood tests, about $100 per donor. Checks can be made payable to Madison Area Donor Milk Alliance, Inc. and mailed to MADMA Treasurer, 34 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704.
MADMA 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.