Donating MilkStories

These tiny tummies helped by donor milk. Hear their stories!


For fragile babies, human milk is lifesaving. When mom’s own milk isn’t available, hospitals rely on milk banks – like The Milk Bank – to provide safe donor milk. The Milk Bank accepts donations of extra milk from screened and approved donors. In our lab, lovingly donated milk is screened, analyzed, bottled, pasteurized, tested, and dispensed as a medical intervention for preemies and fragile babies.

Every ounce can provide up to three feedings of lifesaving donor milk. Become a lifesaving milk donor.

As a nonprofit milk bank, hospitals only pay a processing fee to help cover the cost of layers of safety. The Milk Bank also helps babies at home, and thanks to philanthropy, Medical Relief is available to recipient families with a medical need.

Three families of donor milk recipients, want to share their stories with you. Start the application to become a Milk Donor and help tiny tummies like these, with your extra liquid gold.

How donor milk saved the day for Sonya’s NICU baby

Sonya shares her birth story and NICU experience. While she was in the ICU, donor milk made the difference for her son, Lyndon.

How donor milk gave peace of mind to mom Nichole during NICU stay

Second time NICU mom Nichole shares her donor milk experience. During a short NICU stay that overlapped with establishing her own breastmilk supply, donor milk made the difference for her son, Sid.

Nutrition critically important for outpatient baby, Mary Therese

At just 3 weeks old, Mary Therese underwent surgery for biliary atresia, a liver condition. Mary Therese’s mom, Terri, shares the importance of donor milk and financial support from The Milk Bank.

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