Donor mothers are healthy women who are currently breastfeeding an infant under one year of age and who have a surplus of milk.
Donor mothers must be:
- In good health and lactating
- Willing to have blood tests to rule out communicable diseases
- Not regularly using medications except for progestin-only birth control, thyroxin, insulin, prenatal vitamins, iron or calcium
- Free from smoking, illegal drug use and regular alcohol use
- Donor mothers must be willing to donate a minimum of 100 ounces.
Donated milk is pasteurized to kill bacteria or viruses. It is then frozen for up to one year.
Donor Health Screening
Donor mothers are screened for health history and medication use. A blood test screens for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B & C, and syphilis. Any positive blood test makes a woman ineligible to donate milk. The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas will cover the cost of blood screenings for donor mothers.
A woman may NOT donate if:
- She is at risk for HIV or has a sexual partner at risk for HIV
- She uses illegal drugs
- She smokes
- She has received blood products or an organ or tissue transplant in the last 12 months
- She regularly drinks more than 2 oz of liquor daily
- Her doctor believes there is a contraindication to milk donation
- She is taking anything to enhance her milk production
- She is taking anything including fenugreek