WHY BANK MILK?

WE ARE WORKING TOWARD THE DAY WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO COLLECT ENOUGH MILK TO PROVIDE FOR ALL THE BABIES WHO NEED IT. 

Some moms give their milk directly to the parents of babies in need, an exchange known as casual sharing.   The intent behind casual sharing is  a caring act of sisterhood. But we believe strongly that it’s important to go the extra mile to have the surplus milk tested in a lab to make absolutely sure that it’s safe for any baby.

https://www.hmbana.org/

this link has places to buy, sell or donate your milk.

http://www.onlythebreast.com/

Donor Qualification Guidelines

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You are LIKELY to qualify as a donor if

 
  • You are generally healthy
  • You do not take medication on a regular basis
  • Your baby is doing well
  • You do not smoke
  • You do not drink
  • Your home freezer reaches a temperature below -20 C ( -4F)
  • You are not using fenugreek or any other lactation herb to increase your milk supply (e.g., Mother's Milk Tea, blessed thistle, etc.)

You MIGHT still qualify as a donor if

 
  • You have had a major illness in the last 12 months
  • You have heart disease or high blood pressure
  • You have had vaccinations or shots in the last 12 months
  • You have had a major surgery in the last 12 months
  • You have taken certain medication
  • You have had a significant weight loss
  • You drink coffee or alcohol in moderation
  • You received blood or blood products longer then 12 months ago

You DO NOT qualify as a donor if

 
  • You have ever been infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • You have ever been infected with HIV, or a venereal disease within the last 12 months
  • You are diabetic requiring insulin injections
  • You have ever received human pituitary growth hormone or a dura mater transplant
  • You have a history of cancer
  • You lived in Europe for a total of 5 years between 1980-1996
  • You have a family history or increased risk for Mad Cow disease
  • You have ever injected drugs intravenously
  • You have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for HIV, HTLV or infectious hepatitis
  • You smoke, use any tobacco or a nicotine patch or live with a smoker
 

Call your health care professional to discuss breastfeeding your own baby.

Donor Qualification Guidelines

MilkBasket

You are LIKELY to qualify as a donor if

 
  • You are generally healthy
  • You do not take medication on a regular basis
  • Your baby is doing well
  • You do not smoke
  • You do not drink
  • Your home freezer reaches a temperature below -20 C ( -4F)
  • You are not using fenugreek or any other lactation herb to increase your milk supply (e.g., Mother's Milk Tea, blessed thistle, etc.)

You MIGHT still qualify as a donor if

 
  • You have had a major illness in the last 12 months
  • You have heart disease or high blood pressure
  • You have had vaccinations or shots in the last 12 months
  • You have had a major surgery in the last 12 months
  • You have taken certain medication
  • You have had a significant weight loss
  • You drink coffee or alcohol in moderation
  • You received blood or blood products longer then 12 months ago

You DO NOT qualify as a donor if

 
  • You have ever been infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • You have ever been infected with HIV, or a venereal disease within the last 12 months
  • You are diabetic requiring insulin injections
  • You have ever received human pituitary growth hormone or a dura mater transplant
  • You have a history of cancer
  • You lived in Europe for a total of 5 years between 1980-1996
  • You have a family history or increased risk for Mad Cow disease
  • You have ever injected drugs intravenously
  • You have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for HIV, HTLV or infectious hepatitis
  • You smoke, use any tobacco or a nicotine patch or live with a smoker
 

Tips for Expression and Storing of Breastmilk

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National Milk advocates the exclusive feeding of a mother's own milk to all infants, especially during their first year of life. If you are going to be away from your baby for any length of time, expressing beforehand is a great way to continue to provide the benefits of breast milk to your child while you are away. Pumping ahead of time also allows close friends and family members to participate in the feeding process. Expressing milk relieves engorged breasts and increases the body's milk production. If you are taking medication that may be harmful to your baby, pumping also helps prolong the body's ability to lactate so you can continue to breastfeed after ceasing your medication intake. Listed below are some helpful tips about expressing and storing your breast milk.

Storing breast milk for your own baby:

  • Always wash your hands before expressing or handling your milk.
  • Make sure that all pump parts that come into contact with your skin or milk can be removed and cleaned. Otherwise,
    the pump will become a breeding ground for bacteria, and the milk will not be safe for your baby.
  • Be sure to use only clean containers (preferably designed for breast milk) to store expressed milk.
  • Make sure to label the milk with the date that you freeze it and use your oldest milk first.
  • Do not add fresh milk to already frozen milk in a storage container.
  • You may thaw milk in the refrigerator or by placing under warm running water. Do not use hot water to thaw breast milk.
    Excess heat can destroy important proteins and vitamins in the milk.
  • Do not use microwave ovens to heat bottles because they do not heat them evenly. Uneven heating can easily scald your
    baby or damage the milk. Bottles can also explode if left in the microwave too long.
  • Never re-freeze thawed breast milk.
  • Do not save milk from a used bottle for use at another feeding.

In addition to the safety tips above, please remember these guidelines when storing breast milk for donation:

  • Milk for donation must be kept in the refrigerator no more than 12 hours and then placed in the freezer. If you can put your expressed milk directly into the freezer after it is collected, that is ideal.
  • You may put multiple expressions into one bag throughout the day, as long as you keep that bag inside the refrigerator
    during the day and then place the bag into the freezer within 12 hours of the first expression.
  • We are only able to accept milk for donation that is stored in single-use bags are bottles which are specifically designed 
    for breast milk storage.
  • Ideally, we would like for the milk to be stored in 2-4 ounces increments, however, we know many mamas put more than
    this inside one bag. As long as the bag can be properly closed without leaking, we are still able to accept it for donation.
Room Temperature at 77° F (25° C) or below Use within 3-4 hours
In refrigerator at 40° F (4° C) or below Use within 2 days
Frozen in a separate freezer compartment at -4° F (-20° C) Store up to 6 months
Thawed from frozen and refrigerated at 40° F (4° C) or below

Use within 24 hours

http://www.nationalmilkbank.org/

http://www.themilkbank.org/

this link, provides you with a plethora of other milk bank links, some for profit, some are non-profit.  

Will this process be easy?   Not really, anything like this takes research finding the best place for you, and lots of paperwork and tests.  It all depends on what you want for your baby.

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Some Breast Milk Banks in  the UK

What are the benefits of donating my breastmilk?

By donating breastmilk, you are helping babies in need to get the best start in life. Breastmilk is the ideal food for babies. It contains all the nutrients (at least 400 of them) that a baby needs. 

Breastmilk also contains hormones and disease-fighting compounds that can’t be found in formula milk. Some babies are allergic to formula milk, and some have illnesses that prevent them from absorbing formula. If their mums can’t temporarily provide enough breastmilk, for whatever reason, these babies urgently need donated milk. 

Giving breastmilk to babies who are premature or ill protects them against some infections, and helps them to grow and develop well. If they are given breastmilk, babies with a low birth weight, or who are unwell, are much less likely to develop a life-threatening gut infection (necrotising enterocolitis).

If babies who are premature are given donor milk they may also have a lower risk of long-term health problems, such as high blood pressure.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1009803/milk-banking#section3

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/detailed-information/milk-b...

Telephone

If you need to speak to someone you can call the National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0121 this line is open between 9:30am and 9:30pm every day.

There are some great websites, local and national that can give you advice and tips to continue breastfeeding, some are listed below:

http://www.feelgoodfactory.org.uk/feelgood.asp?ContentID=13

www.cherubsbreastfeeding.co.uk

http://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/why-breastfee...

http://www.nct.org.uk/

http://www.laleche.org.uk/

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