Texas Milk Bank

FAQ

Do donors have to send 100 ounces of breastmilk at a time?
There is no minimum or maximum amount you may donate at one time. Donors are asked to commit to donating 100 ounces over their donation period.

 

Should breastmilk be fresh or frozen when sent to the milk bank or drop off site?
The milk bank receives frozen breastmilk that has previously been stored in freezers.

 

How old can breastmilk be when donated?
MMBNT prefers to receive milk before it is 6 months old. If you have milk that is older than 6 months, please contact MMBNT for further assessment.

 

Can donors take supplements containing fenugreek to help increase their production of breastmilk?
Unfortunately, mothers are unable to donate their milk containing fenugreek.

 

Where is my breastmilk sent following the pasteurization process?
After the pasteurization process and lab testing, donor breastmilk is sent primarily to local Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Some out-of-state hospitals also receive donor breastmilk for their NICUs.

 

Are mothers compensated for donating their excess breastmilk?
Donors do not receive any payment for their donations.

 

Are donors able to send their breastmilk from out-of-state?
The milk bank will gladly send insulated boxes and cover all shipping expenses for donors who wish to send their milk from out-of-state.

 

Can donors send the milk already stored in their freezers (before lab testing or screening)?
Donors may send any frozen breastmilk (within the acceptable age range and free of restricted medications) that may be currently stored.

 

What kind of storage containers are recommended for donated breastmilk?
Any type of storage container donors wish to send to the milk bank is acceptable. However, the milk bank can provide storage containers so that donors do not have to purchase their own.

 

How long can donors donate?
Approved donors are allowed to donate for as long as they wish, regardless of the age of their baby.

 

What is the first step to begin to donor process?
Simply contact the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas at 817.810.0071 for a short phone screening to test donor eligibility.