BookmarkBookmarkTick

How to Donate Breast Milk

I’d like to donate some of my breast milk. Where and how should I do it?
ByAmy Spangler, MN, RN, IBCLC, author of Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide
Lactation Specialist
Updated
August 18, 2016
Hero Image

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.

More from The Bump:

Related Video
Track athlete Allyson Felix running a race.

Nursing Olympians May Not Be Able to Bring Their Baby to the Games

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
05/21/2021
Mom sitting and breastfeeding her baby.

New Study Shows How “Good Bacteria” in Breast Milk Changes Over Time

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
02/25/2021
Frida's new nursing pillow in use, mom breastfeeding her baby.

This New Product Line Is a Game-Changer for Nursing Moms’ Sore Breasts

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
02/24/2021
two hands passing a paper heart between them

This Mom Donated 600 Ounces to Breast Milk After Her Newborn’s Death

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
09/14/2020
healthy salad with zucchini

How to Eat a Healthy Breastfeeding Diet

profile picture of Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Contributing Writer
illustration of mom breastfeeding her baby in upright position

8 Breastfeeding Positions to Make Nursing Easier

profile picture of Holly Pevzner
Holly Pevzner
Contributing Writer
Article removed.