Hawaii Mothers’ Milk, Inc. (HMMI) was founded in 1975 as a milk bank. The agency was first housed on Kuakini Street in the old Children’s Hospital (now the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific) in a closet where HMMI collected and pasteurized donated breastmilk for the babies in the NICU. In 1978, Kapi‘olani Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital merged and our office was moved to the Bingham Building till recently (the summer of 2016) when our office (still at Kapi‘olani) moved into the 3rd floor of Kapi‘olani’s newest building, the Diamond Head Tower that also houses the best state of the art technology for Kapi’olani’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our new office is beautiful designed to help HMMI better provide breastfeeding counseling to our community and still be close to those patients requiring critical care.
HMMI has grown from banking milk to a comprehensive breastfeeding resource center, which provides professional education and lactation counseling so that mothers may provide their own breastmilk for their baby, even when faced with any type of challenge such as having a hospitalized baby. Our agency feels the location here at Kapi‘olani is important to better work closely with the NICU patients, Neonatology Doctors, nurses and staff of Kapi‘olani Medical Center to better help address the needs of their critically ill infants.
For over 20 years, Patty Ane, Executive Director, has been an integral part of our HMMI family. She is passionate about helping families throughout their breastfeeding journeys and educating new moms and the community about the benefits of breastfeeding. She is continually working with our lactation consultants to be able to provide the products and services that will best serve our community of families at little to no cost.
Victoria Roselli is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is on the Planning Committee for the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee. Mrs. Roselli earned her B.S. in Maternal Health and Lactation and earned credentials as an International Board Certified Lamaze Instructor and a Certified Newborn Care Specialist. For over 10 years, she provided Lamaze instruction and newborn care through her private practice, and for over 13 months has provided lactation consultation through the Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline and Pacify Inc. Mrs. Roselli also worked as a regional Blood Donor Recruiter, in Chicago, where she gained experience planning donor events and reaching out to various organizations in support of hospital blood donor programs. She currently resides with her husband in Honolulu, where she also enjoys swimming, cooking and frequent travel.