four Simple Steps to Donating Your Milk
Who Can Donate Milk?
You are a good candidate if you’re a mother who is currently (or just recently) lactating and has surplus milk, and if you are:
- In good general health
- Willing to undergo a blood test (at MMBA's expense)
- Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements (with a few exceptions)
- Willing to donate 100 ounces of milk initially and continue pumping to donate as you are able (minimum donations will be different if you are shipping milk)
- Nursing an infant who is less than one year of age (bereaved or surrogate mothers are also eligible to donate)
- Able to arrange for transportation of your milk to a drop-off site, or in some cases to ship your milk to the Milk Bank
You are not eligible to donate milk if:
- You have a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C, or Syphilis
- You or your sexual partner is at risk for HIV
- You use illegal drugs
- You smoke or use tobacco products
- You have received an organ or tissue transplant or a blood transfusion in the last six months
- You consume alcohol on a daily basis
- Between 1980-1996, you were in the United Kingdom for more than three months or in Europe for more than five years
Start the Donor Screening Process
Ready to provide some basic information so we can call you for a phone screening?
Fill out the form on this page to get started or call our Donor Mom Team at 512-494-0800 or toll-free 1-877-813.MILK (6455).
Be Approved as a Milk Donor
The approval process can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks, depending on how quickly you return your paperwork and get your blood work done--and how soon we receive the completed health forms from your healthcare providers.
Once you become an approved milk donor mom, you’ll be ready to begin dropping off your milk at the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin or one of our collection sites, or to ship your milk to us at the Milk Bank.
More questions? See Milk Donor FAQs.