Donor Milk Processing
We make sure all donated breast milk is processed in the safest and cleanest environment for babies.
We take the following steps:
- Donated milk arrives frozen from approved donors to the milk bank. We record who donated the milk and the date it was received. It is then stored in a temperature-controlled freezer until processing.
- To start the process, donated milk is thawed in our lab.
- We examine the milk from a variety of donors, and then combine the milk so it has the most nutrition to help babies, especially babies that may be very fragile.
- Milk is poured into bottles, secured with tamper-resistant lids, and labeled with a barcode, batch number and expiration date.
- Next, milk is heat processed during pasteurization, which removes potentially harmful bacteria while keeping nutrients and other important immunological properties.
- After pasteurization, the milk is tested to make sure it does not include any bacteria.
- Bottles of milk are quickly frozen and in a temperature-controlled freezer.
We are a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). Our process follows their guidelines.