Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Milk Bank Is a Marvel

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Milk Bank Is a Marvel

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Byline: Liana Turner

MAREA Ryan could see a need for a community milk bank in the Tweed - so she created the unique service.

The Mothers' Milk Bank founder was thrilled to receive $1936 from Tweed Shire Council last week, which will go towards much-needed new computers for the group database.

The Banora Point-based milk bank began as a small-scale operation in 2006 before being established at its current location on Oyster Point Rd in 2009.

Donor mums express milk for the bank once a day at home and freeze it until it can be collected by a bank volunteer.

Ms Ryan said the reasons for using the milk bank included pre-term babies and sick mothers.

"We've had babies with major allergies," Ms Ryan said.

One baby was allergic to every kind of formula available, she said.

He's now eight years old - and by all accounts healthy.

Ms Ryan said the Mothers' Milk Bank was the only one of its kind in Australia.

She was only aware of hospital-based milk banks in Brisbane and Melbourne. …

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