Milk Depot

Breast Milk Depot

For various reasons, a mother may not always be able to produce breast milk for her baby. North Memorial Health Hospital’s breast milk depot makes it possible for women with an ample supply of breast milk to share that gift with an infant in need.

Mother and newborn

Program Overview

Second only to mother’s own breast milk, donated milk is a wonderful way for babies to receive the very best nutrition. Donor milk is often used as a bridge to help nourish premature babies until a birth mother’s milk comes in.

Locally-donated milk is safely screened and pasteurized at the University of Iowa Milk Bank and returned to babies of need in the surrounding communities. Donating moms are also put through a screening process and blood test before their milk is accepted into the program.

For information about how to donate breast milk or receive a supply, call our lactation consultants at 763-581-8340.

 

 

How to Donate:

1. Contact Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa: svetha-swaminathan@uiowa.edu

2. Complete a verbal screening with them

3. Complete the Written Screening forms

4. MMBI will send you a kit, including information about getting blood testing done as required prior to donations – all paid for by the milk bank.

5. Your stored milk can be donated if approved by the screening process

6. Call North Memorial’s Lactation Office (763-581-8340) for an appointment to drop off your frozen milk.