How Does a Hospital Order PDHM?

Once the milk undergoes the rigorous screening and processing at The Milk Bank, it is ready for distribution to hospitals or outpatient recipients. PDHM is supplied in the following quantities:


oz bottles

Term PDHM (Milk pumped by Mothers who have given birth to a baby more than 36 weeks gestation. Can also be ordered in 2 oz  bottles.)


oz bottles

Preterm PDHM (Milk pumped by Mothers who have given birth to a baby at or before 36 weeks gestation)



 Each bottle is labeled with the pasteurization date, expiration date, and batch number. Each bottle is sealed and checked for quality prior to pasteurization to ensure safety during processing and transportation.


Order Details

Orders received prior to 2:30 pm EST will be delivered next day via UPS overnight delivery. Orders received after 2:30 pm EST will be shipped out the following business day. Orders are dispensed Monday through Thursday only. Contact us by phone is there is an emergency situation. Orders can also be received same-day through a courier service for an additional fee. For more information, please call The Milk Bank at 317-536-1670.

If you are a hospital or health care provider interested in ordering PDHM, please contact us by phone. If you need PDHM immediately for an emergency situation, please call 317-536-1670 or toll-free 877-824-7470. If you have questions about a previously placed order please call our Office Manager directly or email 

Contact Us

We feel that feeding human milk to premature babies helps to protect them from necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is a dangerous condition that affects 8% of infants born less than 1500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces). However, many mothers are not able to provide breast milk for their premature infants. Our NICU started using The Milk Bank milk in 2010. Using donor milk from the IMMB when mother’s own milk was not available, 95% of infants born before 33 weeks gestation received human milk as their first feeding and, 89% received exclusively human milk through 32 weeks postmenstrual age. None of the infants fed exclusively human milk developed NEC. The cost of donor breast milk is a tiny fraction of the medical and surgical cost of NEC. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.- Kenneth Herrmann, MD / Medical Coordinator, NICU at The Women's Hospital
As director of the Methodist NICU for many years, we used PDHM almost exclusively for all of our preterm infants. It is extremely well tolerated and our rate of NEC was very low. Several studies have shown that this decreased incidence of NEC is related to the use of human milk. Our preemies grew quite well because of less need to cut back on feeds due to feeding intolerance.-Howard Harris, MD

Human milk is one of the few things in the NICU we can provide that is proven to improve premature babies’ outcomes. Pasteurized donor human milk is a safe alternative for infants whose mothers are unable to provide adequate amounts of human milk for the tiniest babies. I have been fortunate to see infants grow and thrive while receiving donated human milk from the IMMB. Human milk is the perfect food for all infants, and particularly premature infants.- Marya Strand, MD, MS