We strive to make the donation process as easy and convenient as possible for all of our donors. We know most mamas don't have a ton of "extra" time on their hands, so we are here to help with every step!
The first and most important thing is to make sure that breast feeding your infant is established before you decide to donate any excess milk. We only want you to donate excess breast milk after your baby is fully fed. You can donate excess newly expressed milk or previously collected frozen milk up to 10 months from date of expressions as long as it is clearly marked with the month, day and year of expression. We ask that potential donors have at least 100 ounces of frozen breast milk ready to donate before applying. Please call or email us and we will go over the pre-screening questions with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Once the pre-screening is complete you will be sent an email link to the online application.
In order to be eligible to donate your extra breast milk, you must first complete an online application. A link to the application will be emailed to you once you have completed the pre-screening. The application includes a consent to donate agreement and a medical history survey. Once the application is processed, you will receive an email on how to proceed next.
The milk you donate will be used to create nutritional therapies for critically ill and premature infants. To ensure the quality of the product, we require that the donor have her medical provider and her infant's medical provider sign a confirmation form ensuring that both mom and baby are healthy and it is ok for mom to donate breast milk.
A Donor Test Kit will be mailed to your home. The Kit will include all the supplies for blood and DNA screening as well as a thermometer for your freezer. A screening blood test will be arranged though a national lab and will be done in your home or office at your convenience and our expense. At the same time, you will be asked to provide a cheek swab sample to create a DNA identity profile. Later, when you ship in your milk donation, the DNA in the milk will be matched to your DNA identity profile to ensure we only receive milk from donors who have been screened. This is a critical step to ensure the safety of the milk that will be used to nourish critically ill and premature infants. To ensure that your freezer is cold enough to properly store breast milk for donation, please turn your freezer down to its coldest setting. Your freezer needs to be -4 degrees Fahrenheit or -20 degrees Celsius or colder to safely store donor milk. You will be asked to give a freezer temperature reading during the qualification process.
Once you are qualified as a donor, you will receive notification with detailed instructions on how to pack and deliver your milk to the milk processing lab. You will be sent a specially designed shipping cooler, gel bricks and a prepaid FedEx label with which to ship your milk to the lab. At this time, if you will be an " on-going donor", you will be provided with breast milk storage bags to be used for future donations.
The entire process can take 2-3 weeks to complete. The time frame depends on how quickly the Medical Confirmation forms, the freezer temperature reading, the blood testing and DNA samples are completed. All costs for testing and shipping are covered and there is no cost to the donor.
All personal information is kept confidential and our records are HIPAA compliant.