Breastfeeding and Lactation

Breast Milk Donation Process

Thank you for considering donating your milk! You have the opportunity to help other babies whose mothers cannot make milk. It’s a precious gift.

You will need to follow procedures carefully to keep your milk safe for babies that will receive it. Much research has been done on the best ways to pasteurize milk while preserving the nutrition and germ fighting qualities. We follow the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Breast milk donation screening

Protecting the health of any baby who receives breast milk from a milk bank is of paramount importance. Milk banks screen breast milk donors very much like blood donors. They need to know some medical history. Listed below are the conditions that would prevent you from donating. After reading this you will know if you may donate breast milk.

Exclusionary criteria

As per the Human Milk Banking Association of North America screening criteria, a candidate for donation may not donate breast milk if she:

A mom can donate if she has had tattoos, piercing and acupuncture in the past 12 months. The procedures must have been performed using single-use sterile needles. Also the labs must be done at least eight days after the procedure.

In addition, milk banks serologically screen potential donors for HIV-1, HIV-2, human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV), Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B surface antigen and syphilis no more than six months prior to the first donation.  

Who to contact to donate your milk

If none of the items listed apply to you, contact:

Human Milk Banking Association of North America
Phone: 817-810-9984
Email: info@hmbana.org
Web: https://www.hmbana.org/

You will be guided through the milk donation process.  

 

Reviewed by: Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Date: April 2013

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Who to contact
to donate your milk

Human Milk Banking Association of North America
Phone: 817-810-9984
Email: info@hmbana.org
Web: https://www.hmbana.org/