Do you want to donate your surplus milk to help a sick or fragile infant?
Moms from all over the US and Canada can donate their extra milk to help save premature
and sick infants. Even if there isn't a non-profit bank in your city you can contact
the bank closest to you and inquire about having your milk shipped to the bank. All
costs of screening and shipping are covered by the receiving bank.
All donors to HMBANA member milk banks undergo a screening process that begins with
a short interview over the telephone. Donor mothers are women who are currently lactating
and have surplus milk. Donor mothers must be:
* In good general health and willing to undergo a blood test (at the milk bank's
* Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements (with the exception of progestin-only
birth control pills or injections, Synthroid, insulin, pre-natal vitamins; for other
exceptions, please contact a milk bank for more information)
* 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 has a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis
She or her sexual partner is at risk for HIV
She uses illegal drugs, smokes or uses tobacco products
She has received an organ or tissue transplant or a blood transfusion in the last
She regularly has more than two ounces or more of alcohol per day
She has been in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months or in Europe for more than
5 years since 1980
She was born in or has traveled to Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo,
Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger, or Nigeria If you are interested in donating and
fit the guidelines above, please contact the milk bank closest to you.