Information for professionals

Please navigate through the links below for more information about the latest protocols and evidence underpinning donor milk use and milk bank operations. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please email us.

Information for Professionals

Speaking to potential donors

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 […]

Breastmilk sharing – a statement from UKAMB

UKAMB celebrates the increasing value that mothers everywhere are placing on breastmilk as shown by the increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK and many other countries. This is also reflected in the global support for internet based breastmilk sharing schemes. The desire to help other mothers and their babies by donating breastmilk has been at […]

Talking to potential milk donors

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 […]

Resolution on the Use of Donor Human Milk for Muslim Infants

Background: The introduction of anonymised donor human milk (DHM) to countries with Muslim populations has been challenged by the Islamic concept of milk kinship. Here the sharing of milk, historically in the form of a wet nurse, creates kinship ties and thus marriage prohibitions between the family of the donor and the recipient. Surveys in […]

Medication and donating breastmilk

UKAMB would like to thank Wendy Jones, MRPharmS, of the Breastfeeding Network for her expert advice in compiling this information. All drugs have the potential to pass into breastmilk in varying amounts, depending on the way the body handles the drug. In general only small quantities reach babies and term, fit and well babies can […]

NICE guideline

The National Institute of Care Excellence published a set of guidelines on the operation of a human milk bank in 2010, after all available evidence and practice was reviewed by a working party. To download a full copy of the NICE guidelines for Donor Breastmilk Banks, please follow this link: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG93/Guidance/pdf/English