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Heroes of 2020 - 1 - Marea Ryan

Marea Ryan  |  Founder & CEO of Mothers Milk Bank Charity  |  Queensland, Australia

It all started in 2005 when funds were raised by the community to provide a baby named “Ty” with pasteurized donor mothers milk. Ty’s mother had a medical condition that resulted in milk expression of only 30mls a day. Ty was given every cow’s milk formula but experienced pain and vomited each feed. Providing safe donor breast milk for babies in such need was evident.

Marea established a purpose-built milk bank facility in 2009 and with the extensive support from all sections of the community has seen donor mothers’ milk save lives and improve health outcomes for over a thousand babies. In 2013 the Mothers Milk Bank was registered as a “Health Promotion” Charity in Queensland, Australia.

The charitable purpose is to provide education, support to families and supply pasteurized donor mothers milk to babies whose nutritional health needs are not being met or recognized. All babies have a right to healthy food and ONLY breast milk can do this.

Please join us to thank Marea and her team for their tireless work to support vulnerable babies in need.