The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin Presents Local Premiere of DONOR MILK: The Documentary Featuring Interviews with Austin Mothers and Local Health Professionals

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On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin will host the Austin, TX premiere of DONOR MILK.

The Austin premiere of DONOR MILK is presented by The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin

Donor Human Milk's life-saving power is the focus of DONOR MILK, a documentary by Jarred King and Kevin Douglas West

As part of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is proud to present the Austin premiere of DONOR MILK by filmmaker Jarred King and producer Kevin Douglas West on Tue., Aug. 14 at Alamo Drafthouse 1120 S Lamar Blvd. Tickets are $10, with net proceeds going to the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin’s charitable care fund, which ensures that donor milk is available to all babies with a medical need, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

DONOR MILK is a thoughtful film that follows the mothers’ decisions to share their breastmilk after the deaths of their children. West interviews experts who explain the life-saving power of human milk for preterm and other fragile infants through the stories of grieving mothers who turn love for their child's memory into a passionate gift of life-saving milk for other mothers and children in desperate need.

Immediately following the screening, The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin will host a short panel discussion with Mr. West moderating and featuring three Austin mothers who have donated or received human milk, in addition to local health experts. The panel includes:

  •     Lindsay Rogers, breastmilk donor
  •     Amanda Koellhofer, breastmilk donor
  •     Peter Untalan, M.D., neonatologist, St. David’s Hospital
  •     Kari Anne Roy, whose son received donor milk as a preemie and during a critical illness
  •     Kim Updegrove, executive director, The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin

The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is presenting the film to help mothers and audiences understand the impact of donor milk scarcity on premature infants’ health. “Human milk is a scarce resource,” says Updegrove, who is also interviewed in DONOR MILK. “As an organization, we decided early that we would focus on providing milk to the babies who need it the most. As mothers have more and more options for feeding their babies and for sharing and giving milk, films like DONOR MILK raise important ethical questions that are important to understand and discuss.”

In addition to presenting DONOR MILK at the Alamo Drafthouse, the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is launching a breastfeeding support group on August 15. Its goal is to give mothers and fathers a resource for sharing information about successful breastfeeding including pumping and storing milk.

For more information about DONOR MILK and other upcoming events from the Mothers Milk Bank at Austin, please visit us online:

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