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: https://uichildrens.org/information-milk-donors
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.