Becoming a Milk Donor
Thank your for your interest in sharing the gift of your milk with others.
We accept donations of milk from all over New England and the Eastern
seaboard, screening, pasteurizing and dispensing it to premature
and sick babies whose mothers cannot provide fully for all or part
of their babies’ hospitalization.
If you are interested in donating milk, please read the guidelines
and qualifications below. If you are a suitable donor, or if you have
questions, please call 617-527-6263 or email us and please include your phone number, and the best time to call.
We will call you to begin the donor screening process.
Donor screening is a multiple step process:
1. A phone health screen takes 10-15 minutes, it is modeled after
blood donor screening.
2. We will email or mail you a donor packet with information for
you about the becoming a donor and forms for you to fill out and send
back to us. These can be sent by mail, email or fax.
3. We will fax your physician and your baby’s physician to assure
that they do not have any concerns about your donating your milk.
4. When we have heard back from both physicians we will send you
a blood kit, to have your blood drawn. We test for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis
B and C and syphilis, all diseases that can pass through human milk.
While these are all killed by by our pasteurizing, we cannot accept donor
mothers who have these diseases.
5. Once we have received the blood test results, we will call you
to arrange delivery of your milk.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Donor mothers are women who are currently lactating and have surplus milk.
Donor mothers must be:
- In good general health.
- A non-smoker.
- Willing to undergo a blood test (at our expense).
- Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements
(with some exceptions - please contact us).
- Willing to donate at least 150 ounces of milk.
- Has a baby less than one year old.
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 are at risk for HIV.
- She uses illegal drugs.
- She smokes or uses tobacco products.
- She has received an organ or tissue transplant or a blood transfusion in the last four months.
- She regularly has more than two ounces or more of alcohol per day.
- She has been in the United Kingdom for more than three months between 1980 and 1996 or in Europe for more than five years since 1980.
Collecting and storing your milk for donation
We cannot receive your milk until the donor screening is complete. However, if you are considering donating your milk, or if you are collecting milk for donation during the screening process, please use the following guidelines for pumping and storing your milk:
For more specific information about becoming a donor mom, please call us at 617-527-6263 or email us.
We will protect your privacy as a donor or a potential donor. You may read our Privacy Notice.
MMBNE's new booklet, "Use of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk as NICU Standard of Care" provides hospitals with a template for establishing a NICU donor milk program, as well as samples of protocols for staff, education flyers and informed consent for parents.
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Breast milk from donors is proving helpful in the Brigham’s neonatal ICU
Boston Globe article about donor milk.
MMBNE Executive Director on WBUR
A recent Radio Boston show featuring Executive Director Naomi Bar-Yam.
Milk Banks & Wet Nursing
An article from the Hartford Advocate.
A recent Newsweek article on milk banking.
Mothers' Milk Bank of New England
PO Box 60-0091 Newtonville, MA 02460
Office phone: 617-527-6263