You will need to get a prescription from your doctor.
Donor milk can be picked up at the breastmilk bank or even shipped to you.
Is Donor Breast Milk Safe?
All mothers that want to start donating breast milk will be screened for Hepatitis B and C, HIV 1 & 2 and HTLV 1 & 2.
They must also provide evidence of immunity to rubella, a negative syphilis test and provide their TB and herpes record.
The donor milk is usually pasteurized at the milk bank before it is used.
Mothers who smoke, drink too much coffee or take any illegal drugs are not allowed to be breast milk donors.
How Much does it Cost?
Some milk banks do charge a small fee for the processing and transport, which can be between $2 – 3 per ounce. Breast milk is also sometimes covered by medical aids.
Selling breast milk is illegal, breast milk banks should be dependent on donations and are supposed to be non-profit organizations, but unfortunately, you get a few that try to sell breast milk for a profit.
When moms donate their breast milk, they should make sure that they are donating their milk to a non-profit organization, so that the milk can be given to babies who are really in need and not just babies whose mothers can afford it.
Collection and storage
If the breast milk bank is in your area, you can usually just pump the milk, freeze it and somebody from the milk bank will come to pick up the milk. Every little bit of milk that a mother can donate counts.
Donating breast milk does include a process, which includes getting some blood tests done.
You will need the consent of your doctor.
Some hospitals do have milk donation programs.
Private milk donation (mother-to-mother) allows you to help other babies in your area. Ask around, find out if there is a need for breast milk at your local hospital.
Breast milk donation website
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America “HMBABA" The human milk bank is really wonderful, as they will give the milk to families that really need it, regardless of whether they can pay the small fee.
The milk is also pasteurized and entirely safe for babies who are terminally ill or very premature. When you donate to HMBABA, you know that your breast milk is not going to be sold for a profit.