As you may know, The Milk Bank’s mission is to promote community health by expanding the safe use of human milk for all babies, especially premature and ill infants. Most people think of inpatients when we say ill infants, but the reality is that there are babies who still benefit from Pasteurized Donor Human Milk after they have been discharged from the hospital.
Many of these babies are suffering from genetic disorders, overcoming prematurity or just simply cannot tolerate bovine based formula. Or it could be that Mom might have had a mastectomy, be on medications inappropriate for breastfeeding or might have low milk supply. These are the babies we serve as outpatients.
So you might be asking, how do I get milk as an outpatient? Below is an outline of the steps necessary to receive Pasteurized Donor Human Milk as an outpatient.
- Contact our Clinical Coordinator, Sarah Long, to discuss your situation. Sarah can be reached best by email: SLong@themilkbank.org. Once you have spoken to Sarah, she will send you our outpatient intake packet.
- Fill out and return outpatient intake packet, which includes:
- Baby’s health history
- Baby’s feeding history
- Physician’s prescription detailing how many ounces and duration of need. For instance, 4 ounces, every 2 hours for 3 months.
- Once we receive all the information, our clinical team will review the packet and approve you to receive milk.
- Once approved, we can then supply you with pasteurized donor human milk.
Things to keep in mind:
- Pasteurized donor human milk is dispensed using a priority system.
- Inpatient, hospitalized preemies, and infants are our priority.
- Pasteurized donor human milk is not guaranteed to outpatients as our milk supply is ever changing and never fully guaranteed, but we will always do our best to meet the needs of current outpatients.