The need for donor milk is always high. If you are healthy and interested in donating your breast milk, we help make the process as easy and smooth as possible.
Who Can Donate Milk?
If you are breastfeeding or if you have an extra supply of breast milk, you could be a donor. Not only does this apply to women who are breastfeeding their babies but also to surrogate women, and women who have lost their babies and are willing to donate their breast milk.
All potential donors must go through a screening process. You can be screened if you are:
- In good health.
- Willing to take blood test(s).
- Able to donate at least 200 ounces of breast milk (we do make some exceptions).
- Able to drop off or ship your breast milk to our Mothers’ Milk Bank.
You will not be able to go through the screening process to donate breast milk if you:
- Routinely drink/consume more than 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, five ounces of wine or 10 ounces of a wine cooler in the past 24 hours.
- Use marijuana or use illegal drugs.
- Test positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human T-cell leukemia retrovirus (HTLV), hepatitis B or C, or syphilis.
- Are taking certain herbal supplements and daily medicines (contact us to find out if your supplements or daily medicine is allowed).
To be a donor, you need to be screened by our staff on the phone or in person. Screening consists of verbal and written questions, as well as lab work. There are two ways to start the screening process:
- Call (269) 341-6146, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Email us at email@example.com and tell us your phone number and the best day/time to call you.
When you become a donor, our staff will have continued communication with you while you donate. The staff will:
- Talk about how to drop off or ship your breast milk. Click here for more information.
- Tell you how to clean your breast pump and why it’s important to keep it free of germs. Click here to learn more.
If you have questions:
Donating After a Loss
On behalf of our whole network of member milk banks, our thoughts go out to anyone who is asking this question either personally or on behalf of another. While bereavement donation is not the right option for everyone, some mothers choose to donate expressed milk upon the loss of their child as a way of seeking solace or honoring their child’s memory. If this is the right option for you, and if you are still secreting milk or have frozen milk you would like to donate, call (269) 341-6146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ways to Donate
We are grateful for any monetary support to our Bronson Mothers’ Milk Bank. To learn more about donating, click here and go to the “Mothers’ Milk Bank Fund.”