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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. We also have an area filled with breastpumps, parts and supplies that are available for moms and their families.
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. We can also assist families with our supply of various breast pumps, parts and nursing supplies to help mom's continue their breastfeeding journey when faced with any feeding concern or difficulty that includes returning to work. Our agency feels the location here at Kapi‘olani is important to be available for their newborn patients and 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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