Bottled-Milk-0058Mothers’ Milk is a Gift Like No Other

There is no greater gift to a family of a fragile NICU baby than Donor Milk. Milk donations are considered medicinal and milk donors considered lifesavers.

4 Steps to Donation:

Step 1

Complete a 10-minute phone screening with our Donor Mother Coordinator. You can reach us at 317.536.1670 extension 103

Step 2

Complete and return an informational packet, including signed forms from your Pediatrician and Obstetrician.

Step 3

The Milk Bank will arrange for you to get your blood drawn and cover all costs.

Step 4

When we receive your paperwork and lab results, our Clinical Coordinator will review the information and approve you for donation.

 

Who is Eligible?

You are a good candidate if you’re a mother who is currently (or just recently) lactating and has surplus milk, and if you are:

In good general health

Willing to undergo blood tests, at The Milk Bank’s expense.

Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements, with a few exceptions.

Willing to donate at least 100 ounces of milk by your baby’s 2nd Birthday

 

You Are Not Eligible If:

1

You have a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C, or Syphilis.

2

You or your sexual partner is at risk for HIV.

3

You use illegal drugs or you smoke or use tobacco products.

4

Between 1980-1996, you were in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months or in Europe for more than 5 years.

 

 

Getting The Blood Test

Your milk will be prescribed to preterm and critically ill babies. To provide the safest milk possible, we require all donor moms to complete a blood test to screen for harmful viruses. The Milk Bank covers all costs associated with the blood screening. We will be testing for HIV I&II, Syphilis, HTLV I&II (Human T- Lymphotrophic Virus) and Hepatitis B&C.

Our staff will arranged for you to have your blood drawn at one of our contracted partners after you complete your initial pre-screening.

Central Indiana: The Indiana Blood Center Nation Wide: Quest Diagnostics