Sharing milk through a non-profit milk bank saves lives!
Why donate to a non-profit milk bank?
Non-profit milk banks that adhere to the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) guidelines provide pasteurized milk from carefully screened donors to fragile and sick infants, improving their potential to survive and thrive. Accessibility of human milk is limited so non-profit milk banks make sure that it is dispensed to those who need it the most.
How can you donate your surplus milk to a non-profit HMBANA-member milk bank?
Moms from the US, Canada and Mexico can donate their extra milk to help save premature and ill infants. Even if there isn’t a non-profit bank in your state you can contact the bank closest to you (https://www.hmbana.org/milk-bank-locations) and inquire about having your milk shipped to the bank. Costs of screening and shipping are typically covered by the receiving bank.
All donors undergo a screening process that begins with a short telephone interview. Donor mothers must be:
- in good health
- not regularly on most medications or herbal supplements (with the exception of prenatal vitamins, human insulin, thyroid replacement hormones, nasal sprays, asthma inhalers, topical treatments, eye drops, progestin-only or low dose estrogen birth control products; for other exceptions, please contact a milk bank for more information).
- willing to undergo blood testing (at the milk bank’s expense)
- willing to donate at least 100 ounces of milk (some banks have a higher minimum)
A woman would not be a suitable donor if she:
- uses illegal drugs
- smokes or uses tobacco products
- has received a blood transfusion or blood products (except Rhogam) in the last 4 months
- has received an organ or tissue transplant in the last 12 months
- regularly has more than 2 ounces of alcohol per day
- has a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis
- or her sexual partner is at risk for HIV
- has been in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months (1980-96)
- has been in Europe for more than 5 years (1980-present)
Donated milk is heat processed (pasteurized) to remove potentially harmful bacteria and viruses.
If you fit the guidelines above, we need you. Please contact the closest milk bank at once. (https://www.hmbana.org/milk-bank-locations).