Lactation education

Opening of Milk and Moon Lactation Counseling LLC in Spring Valley – Shaw Local

Milk and Moon Lactation Counseling LLC celebrates the opening of a new human milk depot and dispensary located at 105 W St. Paul St. in spring valley.

Milk and Moon has partnered with Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes and is excited to join forces in trying to make a difference in the lives of babies and families in Illinois and Wisconsin.

“I believe that optimizing lactation support for breastfeeding families should begin during pregnancy and extend to birthing practices, postpartum and beyond,” said Joleen Bice, Owner and Founder. of Milk and Moon Lactation LLC. “There is a need to provide safe donor milk at the community level. When breastfeeding parents are unable to produce enough breast milk for their babies, donor milk can bridge the supplementation gap by providing important nutrients and immune factors that will allow an infant to thrive.

As a repository, Milk and Moon will collect and store milk donations from donors selected and approved by Milk Bank WGL. The milk donations are then sent to the milk bank, where they are pasteurized to eliminate viruses and bacteria.

Pasteurized donor milk will then be available for purchase through the dispensary.

“Having a local donor milk dispensary is a wonderful community asset for families,” said Amber Barnes, clinical manager for Milk Bank WGL. “Now families have another choice when it comes to nutrition for their babies.”

In addition to donor milk services, Milk and Moon will provide latch assessments, weighted feeds, breast pump training, flange sizing, pump rental services and more. Milk and Moon offers in-person and virtual services to provide increased access for families.

All services are provided by appointment only. Approved donors and families wishing to drop off milk, purchase milk or other services should call or text 815-503-9521 to schedule an appointment.

Those interested in becoming a donor through Milk Bank WGL can visit the bank’s website at