Healthcare Providers

SAFETY

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas (MMBNT) adheres to the strict guidelines set forth by HMBANA, as are published in Guidelines for the Establishment and Operation of a Donor Human Milk Bank. MMBNT is assessed for adherence to the guidelines by a member of the HMBANA board annually and has consistently been 100% compliant and exceeded these guidelines in several areas. For more information about safety, click here.


MILK PROCESSING

1. Milk arrives at MMBNT frozen from approved donors, where it is logged into a database and stored in monitored freezers until processing.
2. Milk is carefully thawed in the lab.
3. Milk from several donors is analyzed and combined to optimize nutrition for fragile infants.
4. Milk is poured into bottles and secured with tamper-resistant lids.
5. Each bottle is labeled with a barcode that contains nutritional information, batch number and expiration date, and is compatible with hospital logging and tracking systems.
6. Milk is pasteurized using the Holder method, which gently eliminates potentially harmful bacteria while preserving immunological properties and nutritional composition.
7. After pasteurization, a lab culture is completed to ensure each processed batch is free from bacteria.
8. Bottles are quickly frozen and held at a consistent temperature until requested by a hospital or healthcare professional.
9. Frozen bottles are packed in insulated boxes with great attention to safety and temperature control.
10. Frozen bottles are transported by courier to local hospitals or shipped overnight on dry ice.

HANDLING MILK IN THE HOSPITAL

Click the button below to view the recommended method for handling milk in the hospital. For complete information regarding expressing, storing and handling human milk, MMBNT recommends Best Practice for Expressing, Storing and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes and Child Care Settings. This book may be purchased at the Human Milk Banking Association of North America website, www.hmbana.org.

Download Handling Milk in the Hospital pdf