Our Mission

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Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is a nonprofit donor milk bank established in 2008. Our mission is to improve the health and survival of the Pacific Northwest’s most vulnerable infants. We believe that every baby deserves access to human milk. We carry out our mission through the safe collection and distribution of human donor milk, education, advocacy, and research. 

We are a nonprofit organization rooted in the Pacific Northwest community.

Our Mission

To improve the health and survival

of the Pacific Northwest’s

most vulnerable infants.

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Our Vision

A Northwest region where every baby has access to the human milk they need.

Our Values

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We are committed to operating an organization with the highest standards of professional excellence and accountability.  


We focus on the health of infants in our community, providing donor human milk to NICU and outpatient babies who need it.


We provide a workplace environment that fosters empathy, diversity, inclusion, caring, ethics, and teamwork. We reflect these same values in how we serve milk donors, recipients and their families, health care institutions, volunteers, and the public.  


We provide community care, information and education, and professional development in our community.  


We adhere to strict industry standards of safety to ensure the highest quality of pasteurized donor human milk.  


Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is rooted in community. NWMMB was founded in 2008 by a group of passionate and accomplished community members who worked hard to increase public knowledge and acceptance of donor milk use. The nine-member volunteer board followed a strategic plan that included fundraising, community outreach, and hospital partnerships to successfully open the first human milk bank in the Pacific Northwest in July of 2013. By following the accreditation standards of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, NWMMB became the 12th nonprofit human milk bank in North America.

NWMMB has experienced unprecedented community support and rapid growth since opening our doors in 2013. To learn more about our journey, click on the photos below.

Breastmilk gives a child the best start in life!