Extra Milk? Share the Health and Donate Your Milk.
Why does donating matter?
- Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies.
- The risk of premature or sick babies developing devastating intestinal infections is ten times higher if they are fed formula instead of human milk.
- Human milk protects against allergies, contains antibodies to fight disease and provides growth hormones that help babies develop.
- Pasteurized donor human milk is easily digested, and it provides infection-fighting benefits and optimal nutrition in the absence of mother’s own milk.
- One ounce of donor milk can feed four premature infants.
“Corwin was born weighing only 1 pound, 3 ounces. His lungs were severely underdeveloped, and he had a hole in his small intestines. He was unable to digest formula and, due to the medications I was on, I was not able to provide milk for him. I was so grateful to the many donors who made it possible for him to get the human milk he needed.”
-Octavia, mom to Corwin
Can you donate?
To undergo the donor screening process, breastfeeding mothers must:
- Be in good general health.
- Be willing to undergo blood testing at the milk bank’s expense.
- Not consume herbal supplements and take only approved medications.
- Have a milk supply in excess of your baby’s needs (bereaved or surrogate mothers are also eligible to donate).
Become a donor in 3 easy steps:
- Call 757-668-MILK (6455) and complete a short phone interview.
- Complete the online questionnaire.
- Have your blood drawn at a local lab (at our expense).
Convenient drop-off location at Atrium Health Navicent Children’s Hospital for local donors. If you are donating from outside the area, the milk bank will arrange for overnight shipping at no cost to you.
700 Spring Street, Macon, GA 31201