Step 1: Donation
Mothers donate their frozen milk.
Step 2: Clean Technique
The pasteurization room and team are prepared with procedures that diminish risks of contamination.
Step 3: Pouring
Staff and volunteers pour thawed milk into flasks.
Step 4: Nutritional Analysis
A sample of each donor's milk is scanned by infrared spectroscopy (the MilkoScan) to determine the fat, protein, and lactose content.
Step 5: Bottling
Mixed pools of milk targeting the nutritional needs of sick babies are poured into BPA-free, tamper-evident bottles for pasteurization.
Step 6: Pasteurizing
Milk is heated to 62.5 °C for 30 minutes. Pasteurization kills viruses and bacteria that could be harmful to fragile infants, while retaining most of the milk's beneficial components.
Step 7: Bacteriological Cultures
Milk is cultured before and after pasteurization to ensure absence of bacteria.
Step 8: Freezing
Pasteurized milk is stored in a deep freeze until dispensed to hospitals and outpatient babies.