Milk Processing

  • Donors are screened through a short phone interview, questionnaire and blood testing.
  • Donors drop their milk off at the milk bank or one of our milk-collection sites. Mothers who are not near a drop-off location can call for a pickup or to ship their milk to us.
  • Milk is checked into the milk bank data base system and given a unique bar code that traces it all the way to tummies of our sweet preemies!
  • Staff members use clean techniques in preparation for processing the milk. It looks like they are about to perform surgery!
  • The pasteurization staff monitors the milk as is slowly thaws. Once thawed, the milk is poured into flasks.
  • A sample of milk from each donor is analyzed for nutritional value so we know the caloric and protien content of each batch of milk before dispensing it to a hospital.
  • The milk is poured into 100 mL bottles and labeled with another barcode that holds important information about the milk. The barcode contains nutritional information, batch numbers, expiration dates, and a unique code that is compatible with hospital logging systems.
  • The milk is gently pasteurized at 62.5o Celsius for 30 minutes. This special method of pasteurization kills potentially harmful viruses and bacteria but does not harm the majority of the milk’s immunological properties and beneficial components. The nutritional composition remains unchanged. Even after heat treatment, human milk can protect a premature baby from many complications and illnesses.
  • After processing, a bacterial culture is completed to make sure that there are no harmful bacteria remaining in the milk.
  • Milk is frozen and held at -20oC until it is requested by a hospital or healthcare-provider.
  • Once requested milk is packed up with great attention to safety and temperature during transport.
  • Milk is shipped by overnight carrier to hospitals not in the DFW area or delivered in our Milk Mobile to local hospitals.