WELCOME TO MOTHERS' MILK BANK
Mothers Milk Bank is Making Breast Milk Available to as Many Families as Possible!
Providing the best start to your baby’s life
Mothers’ Milk Bank is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to provide Pasteurized Donor Human Milk (PDHM) to infants in need. Our mission is to help infants thrive by making donated breast milk safe and accessible. We are registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), a licensed tissue bank in California and Maryland. We distribute Pasteurized Donor Human Milk to hospitals and outpatient families across all states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Our vision is to contribute to the best start in life for all babies. We do so by helping mothers succeed in breastfeeding, supporting lactation groups, supplying breast pumps to low-income families, and organizing events to promote breast milk donations.
Most of our outpatient recipients are premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). These are a few other examples of medical reasons that a doctor would prescribe donor milk:
- Failing to thrive on formula
- Death or absence of mother
- Failing immune systems
- Insufficient lactation of mother or supplemental while mother is gaining her supply during the first few weeks of the baby’s life.
- Adopted, foster, or surrogate babies whose families believe in the value of breast milk
- Illness or health risk from biological mother that prevents or requires interruption in breastfeeding.
Donor breast milk offers all of the benefits of human milk for infants including
- Promotes brain development
- Lowers respiratory infections
- Easy digestibility
- Acts like a vaccine by transferring antibodies (Anti-Virus and Anti-Allergies)
- Lowers the risk of asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), obesity, and type 2 diabetes
Receiving Human Milk at the Hospital
The San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank provides donor human milk to hospitals in California and in many hospits across the country. If you would like to receive donor human milk at your NICU or Maternity hospital we recommend contacting your doctor and asking if they provide donor human milk for newborn infants. Hospitals in California must have a tissue bank license in order to provide donor human milk to patients. We too have a tissue license. Therefore we are one of the few milk banks who can collaborate with California hospitals in full compliance.
Receiving Human Milk at Home
The San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank allows for patients to receive a maximum of 40 ounces of donor milk without a prescription. All requests after the first 40 ounces require a prescription
In order to obtain a long term supply of donor human milk we ask that you contact your doctor to discuss writing a prescription for donor human milk. We have our very own prescription form and do not accept notepad prescriptions.
Please click the blue link below to see a copy of our New Recipient Brochure:
Please fill out each field of our Get Milk Form and our Recipient Coordinator will contact you within 72 business hours to give you all of the information that you need.
Get Started With Requesting Milk
Please answer the questions below to get started:
Please submit the form below for milk requests.
Outpatient Request For Milk
Please submit the form below for milk requests with private pay. Recipient Services office hours are between 8:00am – 2:30pm (PST) Monday – Friday.
IMPORTANT: Due to high demand, all orders need to be placed 2-3 weeks in advance of your desired due date and we will do our best to deliver your order as soon as possible.
Outpatient Request For Milk
Please submit the form below for milk requests with insurance. Office hours are between 8:00am – 2:30pm (PST) Monday – Friday.
IMPORTANT: Due to high demand, all new incoming requests will be placed on a waitlist. Upon review, we will contact you with confirmation for your next scheduled delivery.