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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.
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