The gift of breastmilk is often celebrated by the staff and users of human milk banks. However in 2010 a special day was chosen to ensure that human milk donation is celebrated throughout the world in recognition of how these special donations facilitate the safe provision of breastmilk to the many thousands of infants who benefit globally. Originally, this day came about in response to Brazil’s successful national milk donation day that started in 2004. Once the idea of a global day had begun, it started to spread from its largely South and Central American roots, to become a truly global event. Read more >>
Welcome to the European Milk Bank Association (EMBA) website where you will find information from many of the 200+ milk banks operating in more than 20 countries throughout Europe as well as news from milk banks and about the use of donor human milk around the world. Whether you are a current member of EMBA, hoping to join our association or simply an interested visitor to the website we hope you find this site useful. If you wish to donate human milk, in the first instance please contact the named individual on the page for the country where you reside.
To find out more about the milk banks in a specific country, click on the relevant flag at the top of the page or on the ‘Click for full map’ button to the left of the flags and then on the country (not available for most smart phones).
Top news / posts
Thinking of coming to the EMBA Congress later this year? The call is out for abstracts for posters and short oral presentations for the EMBA congress that will be taking place on the 10th and 11th October this year in Turin, Italy. Read more >>
The work and findings of the three EMBA working groups that have met several times a year for the past 3 years have now been published as part of the research topic; Human Milk in the Feeding of Preterm Infants. Read more >>
PATH has developed and recently launched a free toolkit for all those with an interest in establishing and operating human milk banks. Entitled Strengthening Human Milk Banking: A Resource Toolkit for Establishing and Integrating Human Milk Bank Programs and is aimed at a global audience. Members of the EMBA board have contributed to the development of these documents and will continue to support and promote their use. Read more >>
The EMBA Board send congratulations to Gillian Weaver (EMBA Co-founder and former President) and her Hearts Milk Bank and Human Milk Foundation co-founder Dr Natalie Shenker on their recent ‘Points of Light’ award from UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Read more >>