How to Donate Breast Milk

I’d like to donate some of my breast milk. Where and how should I do it?
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ByAmy Spangler, MN, RN, IBCLC, author of Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Aug 2016
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To donate breast milk, you can go through the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). The organization provides pasteurized breast milk to sick or premature babies — and donated breast milk can really help them.

All HMBANA donors are screened — women who donate milk must be in good health, not taking medications or herbal supplements (with some exceptions), willing to undergo blood testing and willing to donate at least 100 ounces of milk (sometimes even more). See HMBANA’s website for more requirements and guidelines.

You can also find the closest milk bank to you at HMBANA’s website. If you’re pretty far from the nearest one, still call — you may be able to mail in your milk.

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