Donating milk

Taking the time to become a milk donor is an amazing step. You could be changing the lives of another baby and their family forever.

Becoming a milk donor is similar to becoming a blood donor. Relatively few things would prevent you becoming a milk donor, but we cannot accept donations if you are smoking or using nicotine replacement products.

  • Please contact the milk bank by phone (01707 358776, between 9.30 am and 5 pm) or by email (info@heartsmilkbank.org), and we will guide you through the process.

 

  • You will need to complete a questionnaire and consent form, which can be done on a computer using forms we email. We can also post out forms and information to you if you need. The questionnaire includes questions about your medical history, lifestyle and diet, as well as your baby’s health and how you are expressing milk.

 

  • Once the forms are returned (as a pdf by email or by post if completing a hard copy), we will send out a kit for blood tests to be taken. These can be arranged at your GP or local phlebotomy centre. We are required by national guidelines to test all donors for HIV1 and 2, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and human T-lymphotropic virus.

 

  • The blood results take about a week to come back. In the meantime, you can arrange a collection of your milk through your password-protected Milk Bank online portal.

 

  • Every container (bag or bottle) of milk for donation will need to be labeled with your name or unique Hearts Milk Bank donor ID number, the date it was expressed and details of any medications taken within the previous 24 hours.

All of our processes are in line with the NICE Clinical Guideline #93 for the Operation of a Human Milk Bank. If you have any questions about the process of becoming a milk bank donor, please call us between 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.

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