Donor Human Milk
Donor Milk and Milk Banks
Donor Human Milk is milk from a healthy, screened donor, which is then pasteurized and distributed to another family in need. The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is the only professional membership association for milk banks in North America and sets the standards and guidelines for donor milk banking. The 11-member milk banks collect milk from carefully screened donors, gently pasteurize the milk, then distribute it to requesting hospitals and individual recipients for medically fragile babies and others whose mothers are not able to provide breast milk for their own babies.
Statements & Policy Papers on Donor Human Milk and Milk Banking
- Note: Please see also the BCO webpage Breastfeeding Position & Policy Statements
- WHO and UNICEF 1980 joint statement, “Where it is not possible for the biological mother to breast feed, the first alternative, if available, should be the use of human milk from other sources. Human Milk banks should be made available in appropriate situations.
- American Academy of Pediatrics Donor Milk statement
- National Association of Neonatal Nurses Reimbursement Statement
- US Surgeon General Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB)
The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB) is a non-profit HMBANA milk bank with 10 donor drop off sites. They have been granted space from Providence Health & Services, at their Sunset Medical Center building on SW Barnes Road, and recently received $125,000 from the OHIPP collective — Oregon Health Insurers Partnering for Prevention towards their equipment capital campaign.
Once they purchase the necessary processing equipment to locally pasteurize and distribute donor human milk, they will join the community of milk banks across the continent, who are protecting medically fragile infants from the complications that arise from formula use.
Resources for Clinicians Regarding Use of Donor Milk
The 2010 BCO Annual Conference featured Dr. Jae Kim and Dr. Lisa Stellwagen from the University of California San Diego, to discuss their innovative Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition program (SPIN). They generously agreed to allow us to post all of their power point presentations. They are available for download by selecting the title, but be aware that many of these are very large files.
- Addressing the Nutritional Emergency of the Preterm Infant | Dr. Jae Kim
- Science of Human Milk Feeding | Dr. Jae Kim
- Basics of Milk Production in Mothers of NICU Infants | Dr. Lisa Stellwagen
- Making Sense of Infant Formulas, Milk Fortifiers, Additives | Dr. Jae Kim
- Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition: (SPIN) Program | Dr. Lisa Stellwagen
- Prevention of NEC | Dr. Jae Kim
- Preventing of Extrauterine Growth Failure | Dr. Jae Kim
- Help Mothers Make More Milk | Dr. Lisa Stellwagen
- How to Get Babies to Breast | Dr. Lisa Stellwagen
- Planning the Nutritional Discharge | Dr. Jae Kim