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Donor Milk

Have extra breastmilk? Donate it to help babies in need!
Breastmilk and human milk products can reduce the risk of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) and other illnesses.

In need of donor milk? Talk to a trained lactation supporter to assess your supply.
For profit milk banks

ProLacta Bioscience
Donor milk is collected by 9 milk banks across the US or shipped directly from the donor to Prolacta.
The milk is screened, processed, and turned into various formulations of Human Milk Fortifier and Standardized Human Milk then sold to hospitals for medically fragile babies in NICUs all around the country.
Donors are not paid for milk, but expenses for donor testing and milk shipping are covered by the milk bank.

Medolac/Mothers Milk Cooperative
Donor milk is screened, processed, and turned into Co-Op Donor Milk, a shelf stable human milk product available for hospital and home use with a doctor's note.
Donors may be paid for milk, and expenses for donor testing and milk shipping are covered by the milk bank.
Non-profit milk banks

Human Milk Banking Association of America (HMBANA) has 18 member milk banks, and several more in development, throughout the US and Canada. Donors may ship milk to a milk bank if they are unable to get to one in person.
The milk is screened, processed, and turned into Pastueurized Donor Human Milk then sold and shipped frozen overnight to hospitals for medically fragile babies in NICUs and to homes of babies with medical conditions requiring feeding with human milk. When possible due to supply, donor milk may also be supplied to healthy babies who have been adopted or are unable to get their mother's milk.
Donors are not paid for milk, but expenses for donor testing and milk shipping are typically covered by the milk bank.

Peer to Peer milk sharing

Human Milk for Human Babies is a volunteer-based, global network utilizing social media for connecting those who need donor milk to those who have milk to donate. Over 100 local and regional HM4HB groups exist around the world.

Eats on Feets is another volunteer-based network connecting those who need donor milk to those who have milk to donate. There are nearly 70 local and regional Eats on Feets groups on 4 continents.

HM4HB and Eats on Feets do not collect or distribute any milk or money, nor do they regulate the donors or recipients. 
No screening or regulation of donors or recipients is conducted.
There are risks involved in using untested, unpasteurized donor milk.
All participants are strongly encouraged to ask questions so they can make INFORMED CHOICES about human milk donation.
It is up to the participants to work out the details of any milk exchange including testing, shipping, etc. 
Buying and selling of milk through HM4HB and Eats on Feets is not allowed.
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Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition,
Jun 26, 2016, 7:46 PM
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