WELCOME TO MOTHERS' MILK BANK
Mothers Milk Bank is Making Breast Milk Available to as Many Families as Possible!
Become a Donor
Breast milk donation fulfills an important role in keeping babies healthy and thriving. YOU can save a life by donating your breast milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose. It is EASY as 1,2,3!
1. Call our toll free phone number 1-877-375-6645 for a quick interview.
2. Complete and return the donor packet. All information is confidential.
3. A free lab slip is given for the required blood tests.
THERE ARE NO FEES FOR DONORS, FREE BLOOD TEST, FREE SHIPPING TO OUR FACILITY! FREE BREASTMILK BAGS!
Once approved, you can continue to donate throughout your Lactation Phase. We accept frozen breastmilk stored up to 6 months in a freezer OR 9 months in a deep freezer.
For Spanish please call 877-375-6645 (Option 4)
We appreciate moms who are donating their frozen breast milk for the babies we serve. We do NOT ENDORSE sharing or selling of human milk outside of HMBANA/Mothers’ Milk Bank’s guidelines NOR ENSURE donors’ breast milk, who complete their initial screening with us, is SAFE. The processing of your Milk will include pasteurizing and bacterial testing for human consumption.
Mothers’ Milk Bank continues to respond to a rising need and demand for donor human milk for infants to survive. It’s Simple. It’s Safe. It’s the Best for Babies!
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN QUALIFY TO BE A DONOR?
We follow American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) guidelines and Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) guidelines. We screen to confirm:
- Donors are in good health
- Medication and herbal vitamin use – some medications are approved. Contact us for more information
- Willing to undergo blood test- free of charge for the donor
- Able to donate at least 100 oz collected within a 6 month period of time
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A DONOR?
Your application process starts when you are able to take the phone screening and turn in your donor packet. Normal processing time is 2-4 weeks. Don’t wait! Start the process today!
WHO GETS THE DONATED MILK?
As the only nonprofit milk bank in California, we won’t sell your donated milk to pharmaceutical companies. We make sure that your milk feeds babies who are in need. That’s why we’re here!
HOW DO I STORE THE BREAST MILK?
To store your breast milk, use clean techniques. HMBANA guidelines suggest: Following the manufacturer’s directions to keep your breast pump clean and operational.
- When you express your milk to donate, freeze the milk as soon as possible, date the container, and add your donor ID number to the outside of the container.
- Use a breast milk bag or breast milk storage container. It must be sealed and frozen. Glass containers and plastic bottles are fine as long as they are cleaned after every use.
HOW DO I SEND IN MY DONATION?
Once approved, we are able to mail you the prepaid shipping materials. Or you can drop off at your nearest milk depot location. https://www.mothersmilk.org/donate-milk
IS IT SAFE?
In 2017, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated in their report “Donor Human Milk for the High-Risk Infant: Preparation, Safety, and Usage Options in the United States” that: “(HMBANA) Donor milk banks represent a safe and effective approach to obtaining, pasteurizing, and dispensing human milk for use in NICUs and other settings.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A BREAST PUMP?
We offer Breast Pumps through Insurance, for Personal Purchase or Hospital Grade Rentals see more under our Breast Pump Supplies
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