Donor Milk: The Documentary and Help the NWMMB!

When researching milk banks, I came across two east coast options for me: one in Massachusetts and one in Raleigh (where I’ll be donating). The thing about becoming a milk donor is there has to be a milk bank available to donate to.

I was recently contacted by a Medela representative to help spread the word about a developing donor milk bank, Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB), in Portland, OR. NWMMB will be the first donor milk bank in the northwest and they currently need help raising the remaining funds to open their doors!


NWMMB is partnering with Medela to show the documentary, Donor Milk. All proceeds benefit NWMMB and Medela will match the ticket sales with a donation. After the devastating loss of their baby late term, filmmaker Kevin West and his wife found solace in milk donation for sick and premature babies. West has turned that experience into a film, Donor Milk: The Documentary, that is drawing attention to the need for milk donation.

Through the eyes of grieving and giving mothers, Donor Milk: The documentary seeks to educate viewers on the absolutely importance of breastfeeding our babies and provides options for those who cannot locate human milk. The film visits non-profit Human Milk Banking Association donor centers all across the United State, the for-profit corporation that has developed the first-ever human milk fortifier, and the hundreds of donor moms and families whose stores will touch and change the lives of all the viewers.

Currently, there are two nights, in two cities, to view the documentary and support NWMMB.

Portland, OR

Seattle, WA

I was told that more dates may open and I will be sure to let you know if/when that happens. For those who don’t live in the area, please consider passing the event information on to others. Please visit the Portland Donor Milk documentary screening Facebook event, as well as the Seattle Donor Milk documentary screen Facebook event, for more information.

The documentary is 50 minutes and will be followed by a one-hour Q&A session featuring Kevin West and Jarred King, June Winfield from the NWMMB, as well as a donor of breast milk and recipient of donor milk.

Thank you for helping to spread the word!

PS. I was fortunate enough to do a Q&A with a board member of NWMMB. Stay tuned for more information on milk donation.


  1. 1

    They wouldn’t even give preemies as small as mine anything except breast milk. It was breast milk or IV nutrition, and obviously breast milk is much better for baby and helping their digestive systems develop. On another random note, did you hear about the woman last summer in Blair County who’s baby couldn’t digest formula (she obviously had other health issues as well) and could only have breast milk but her mother couldn’t breast feed? She was taking donor milk from all the local hospitals and people around who could help. She delivered at Conemaugh a few weeks before I had the twins so I gave her some of my milk since in the beginning I was making a lot more than the twins could handle haha

    • 2
      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Hadn’t heard about the Blair County lady – wonderful that everyone was pitching in to help – you included!

  2. 3

    Hello there. I just wanted to inform you that there are virtual milk banks that you can donate to from anywhere in the United States as well. I work for Helping Hands Milk Bank and Prolacta. Prolacta has several virtual milk banks that not only provide breast milk-based nutritional products to the tiniest infants hospitalized in the NICU, but we also give money back to different charities on behalf of your donations. For example, Helping Hands Milk Bank gives $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every qualified ounce you donate. Under a current program, we will reimburse you up to $300 for the cost of your breast pump if you donate a minimum of 300 oz. Please visit our website to find out more or find us on Facebook! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you want to see a list of all of our milk banks, go to

    All the best,

    Ashley @Prolacta and HHMB

    • 4
      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Thank you the information Ashley. I’ll check out the links when I’m on the computer :)

      • 5

        Great! Thanks. We are also featured on the donor milk documentary mentioned above (toward the end)! We hope you enjoy, and thanks again for supporting breast milk donation.

We Love to Hear From You