URGENT CALL TO GIVE BREASTMILK TO THE HUMAN MILK EMERGENCY RESERVE
The Mothers Milk Bank Charity has been established for the purpose of collecting, screening, pasteurising and distributing donated human milk to infants in need right across Australia.
Mothers Milk Bank is now inviting mothers breastfeeding babies at any age to donate milk.
We are reaching out to Mothers Australia wide who would like to help the numerous sick babies and Mothers who need other mothers help.
Becoming a donor…
If you have decided to breastfeed your baby, you will know that breast milk is the ideal food for all infants and is especially important for babies who are sick or premature. For these infants, breast milk increases their chances of survival and assists in their long term physical and neurological development.
For a variety of reasons, some mothers with the desire and will to breastfeed cannot do so. They may be too unwell or under too much stress to produce enough milk. In the absence of their own milk, donor mothers’ milk is the next best source of food for their baby.
We accept donor milk from breastfeeding mothers. Stored frozen breast milk stored in sterile bottles/ milk bags that has been expressed within the last 3 months is accepted for donation.
Can any breastfeeding mother become a milk bank donor?
Although your milk is perfect for your child, extra care needs to be taken when distributing donor milk to sick and premature infants. Before the Mothers Milk Bank Charity can accept your donated breast milk, we need to ask you a number of questions about your general health and lifestyle. This screening process is similar to that of blood donors. You will be asked questions about your medical history and any medical conditions and/or lifestyle choices that may make you ineligible to donate.
Blood Tests For Milk Bank Donors
Because you are donating to a charity, please call your GP to order the blood tests listed below. If you let them know that a blood test is required to donate, they will usually bulk bill. You will also need to let them know that you will need a copy of the results for us to review.
TESTS REQUIRED : Hep B, Hep C, HIV, VDRL, HTLV 1 & 2, and CMV