- We provide fragile infants with donor human milk by prescription when their own mother’s milk isn’t available. This often happens when babies are born prematurely.
- On average, 75% of donor human milk is dispensed to hospital NICUs.
- Immunological properties of donor human milk prevent complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and enhance survivability.
- Typically, 25% of donor human milk is dispensed to fragile babies at home, our outpatients.
- Outpatients with a medical necessity are never turned away based on the family's ability to pay milk processing fees.
- On average, we provide more than $400,000 from our charitable care fund annually for these families.
- Based on availability, some donor milk can serve healthy newborns, bridging the gap between hospital discharge and a successful breastfeeding routine.
- Learn more about the Donor Milk To Go program.
- Read about babies who have benefited from receiving donor human milk from our lab.
Who are the Milk Donors?
- Each year, 700 to 1,000 mothers donate their extra breastmilk to our milk bank to help other babies. Learn about the screening process and read some of their stories.
Safety Comes First
- From donor screenings to milk dispensation, we follow rigorous safety and quality assurance procedures.
Research & Education
- Review some of the research, education resources and position statements that support the utilization of donor human milk for fragile infants.