Hop on the Breast Express at Mothers’ Milk Bank, IBM to learn more about breastfeeding

The Breast Express is coming to Austin. On Monday, the traveling RV by breast-feeding support app PumpSpotting will be at IBM in North Austin, which PumpSpotting is recognizing for being a supportive company for employees who are lactating.

Woman breastfeeding baby. Getty Images

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At IBM from 10-11:00 a.m. Monday, the Breast Express will be offering families breastfeeding support, demonstrations of infant massage, babywearing and fitness. From 11 -11:30 a.m., a panel of local breastfeeding resources will offer tips and information on how to get more support.

Carlie Bower sits in one of the individual rooms in a Mother’s Room at IBM. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman

On Tuesday, the Breast Express heads over to the new Mothers’ Milk Bank location, 5925 Dillard Circle, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mothers’ will be giving tours of the bank’s milk-processing labs. You can also see the Breast Express Pump Suite, where you can try different pumps; hear from experts, and learn how donating milk can help premature and medically-fragile babies.

Experts include Kim Updegrove, Mothers’ Milk Bank executive director; Amy Van Haren, founder of PumpSpotting; Angie Liuzza and Christine Snowden, donor milk recipient family; Megan Frocke, milk donor and PumpSpotting user, and  Megan Oertel, nursing mom, breastfeeding advocate and representing mother-friendly employer Sparefoot.

Katrina Hunt mixes milk from several donors at the Mothers’ Milk Bank in Austin. The bank has a new location and can process twice as much milk as its earlier locations. American-Statesman 2010

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Last year, the bank donated more than 5 million ounces, a record. 

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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