Talking to potential milk donors
10th January 2016
Who can be a milk bank donor?
Any mother who is able to pump breastmilk and is in good health
Donors should be
- Eating & feeling well
- Not be a smoker or passive smoker
- Not have had a blood transfusion within the past 4 months
- Never have received drugs or tissue of human origin
- Not drinking too much caffeine
- Not taking illegal drugs
- Keeping within sensible limits if drinking alcohol
- Can be taking some routine medications ( See Medications and Donating Breastmilk on this site)
N.B. Some milk banks only accept donations of at least 3 litres
If the mother is interested please refer her to your nearest milk bank, who will then responsible for taking a medical history from the mother, arranging her donation and blood testing for :-
- HIV 1 & 2
- Hepatitis B & C
- HTLV 1 & 2
The Milk Bank will organize the transfer of the mother’s milk into the Milk Bank.
Mothers of babies who have not survived
Every year Milk Banks receive large quantities of milk from mothers who’s babies have not survived. This is often an important source of very premature milk. Donating the milk often helps parents grieving process. Milk Banks are experienced in this aspect of their work and link closely with charities that support parents through such a difficult time.