Texas Milk Bank

Process

Mothers donate their surplus breastmilk.

 

 

Members of the pasteurization team scrub for three minutes, wear a mask, hat, apron, and gloves.

 

 Individual mothers' milk is poured into flasks and then pooled.  Each pool consists of milk from three to ten different mothers.

 

Milk is poured into three ounce bottles.

The bottles are pasteurized in a shaking water bath for 30 minutes.  Lab tests are done to ensure that the pasteurized milk is bacteria-free.

 

The pasteurized milk is quick cooled and then frozen.  Donor milk is kept at -20ºC until dispensed.

 

Milk is taken to the hospital for use when prescribed by a physican.