The Vermont Donor Milk Center, Inc. opened it’s doors in 2020 as a nonprofit organization providing pasteurized donor human breast milk to babies in need across Vermont and northern New York. Newborns and infants receive life-saving nutrition and food security for a healthy start in life from our milk dispensing site and donation drop-off location.
We’re honored to partner with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast (MMBNE). We buy milk from MMBNE and send our donated milk to them for processing. We are so grateful they help subsidize a portion of our need-based financial assistance program.
As part of our mission to make breast milk available to all Vermonters, the Vermont Donor Milk Center, Inc. supports breastfeeding families during what is often an incredibly vulnerable time. We offer food security and the peace of mind needed to establish successful feeding routines with financial assistance available to those that need help.
Our professional lactation support with local IBCLCs (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants) connects new parents with critical resources to help them reach their lactation goals and guides them through their postpartum needs.
Why We’re Here
There are many reasons babies need supplementation during their breastfeeding journey including weight loss, problems latching, and underlying medical conditions. Across the State of Vermont, 40% of our newborns are having to use supplementation after leaving the hospital. Many families want an alternative to supplementing with formula because breast milk makes such a huge difference for babies’ short and long-term health, decreasing the risks of acute and chronic illnesses throughout their life.
The Vermont Donor Milk Center, Inc. is the first outpatient initiative in Vermont to bridge the gap in infant nutrition from the hospital to the home and is the first resource for families to obtain pasteurized donor human milk locally.
Meet Our Team
Amy Wenger, RN, is a Certified Lactation Specialist, Childbirth and Newborn Educator, Labor and Postpartum doula, and a Certified Massage therapist. She’s been working in the maternal-child health field for over 20 years and will soon become an International board-certified lactation consultant. Amy has worked in the role of Maternal-Child/Pediatric nurse on the Mother-Baby unit at UVMMC; a clinical nurse at a pediatric clinic in Chittenden County and clinical practice administrator at a pediatric clinic in Lamoille County. Currently, Amy is the clinical nurse manager for a home health agency, Amy is a mom to two boys..
The VDMC has been a project of Amy’s heart for over two years. Born out of a gap in care and need for a choice in supplementation for Vermont babies, Amy has seen the need to build a movement for newborn food security.
Rachel Foxx, an RN and international board certified lactation consultant, has been active in the support and education of breastfeeding for over 18 years. She was one of the founding members of the Chittenden County Breastfeeding Coalition. She worked with her local La Leche League group as a leader for many years. Rachel has worked with new families as a postpartum nurse and lactation consultant since 2007, on the maternity floor at the University of Vermont Medical Center and was a pediatric nurse in an outpatient office for 10 years. She was an integral part of expanding pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) availability in the newborn nursery at UVMMC and is very excited to be bringing PDHM to the community.
Rachel is a single mother to a wonderful teenage daughter, and is currently in graduate school, earning a master of nursing education.
Ross Sanner is the Founder and CEO of Think Growth Consulting LLC, a leading company that guides both for-profit and nonprofit businesses through smart, expansive investment and growth opportunities. Clients range from fortune 500 companies to local clients in his home state of Vermont. Ross also serves as the Executive Vice President and COO of Orme School, ranked 17th in the USA. Under his tenure, Orme has received national and global PR recognition from Bloomberg, PBS, and Fox News. He began his career in the finance industry in a fortune 100 bank and has over a decade of experience leading impact based non-profits towards their potential.
Susan Cline Lucey
Susan Cline Lucey is the founder and owner of GROW Prenatal & Family Center. She is certified as a childbirth educator, labor doula and yoga instructor. Over the past 17 years Susan has worked in Vermont’s perinatal community and has established herself as a deeply respected leader in these circles. When not helping local families, she’s with her own family including her three boys ages 7-16.
Casey Sanner, MD
Casey Sanner, MD is a local pediatrician part of Lakeside Pediatrics in Burlington, VT. She has a particular interest in newborn and infant health wanting the best possible start in life for our most vulnerable population. She is excited to be a part of this important initiative in our community. She is the proud mom to three girls, including a set of twins!
A communications specialist for 16 years, Taryn Hennebicque is the founder of tmlpr, a boutique marketing, PR and events agency in Vermont. She’s also a mom to a new baby and a toddler. Both of her breastfeeding journeys have been full of tears and challenges, so she is thrilled to be helping parents access human donor milk for their babies.
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GROW Prenatal & Family Center
37 Lincoln Street
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452