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Donor Qualification Guidelines

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You are LIKELY to qualify as a donor if

 
  • You are generally healthy
  • You do not take medication on a regular basis
  • Your baby is doing well
  • You do not smoke
  • You do not drink
  • Your home freezer reaches a temperature below -20 C ( -4F)
  • You are not using fenugreek or any other lactation herb to increase your milk supply (e.g., Mother's Milk Tea, blessed thistle, etc.)

You MIGHT still qualify as a donor if

 
  • You have had a major illness in the last 12 months
  • You have heart disease or high blood pressure
  • You have had vaccinations or shots in the last 12 months
  • You have had a major surgery in the last 12 months
  • You have taken certain medication
  • You have had a significant weight loss
  • You drink coffee or alcohol in moderation
  • You received blood or blood products longer then 12 months ago

You DO NOT qualify as a donor if

 
  • You have ever been infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • You have ever been infected with HIV, or a venereal disease within the last 12 months
  • You are diabetic requiring insulin injections
  • You have ever received human pituitary growth hormone or a dura mater transplant
  • You have a history of cancer
  • You lived in Europe for a total of 5 years between 1980-1996
  • You have a family history or increased risk for Mad Cow disease
  • You have ever injected drugs intravenously
  • You have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for HIV, HTLV or infectious hepatitis
  • You smoke, use any tobacco or a nicotine patch or live with a smoker
 

Call your health care professional to discuss breastfeeding your own baby.