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

Screening
1. Milk donors are screened through a short phone interview, questionnaire and blood testing.
Drop Off
2. Donors drop their milk off at the milk bank or one of our milk collection sites. Donors who are not near a milk collection site ship their milk to the milk bank.
Milk Check In
3. Raw milk is checked into the milk bank database system and given a unique barcode that traces each milk deposit all the way to the sweet, hungry preemies MMBNT serves!
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4. Pasteurization staff members use clean techniques in preparation for processing the milk.
Thawing
5. The pasteurization staff monitors the milk as it slowly thaws. Once thawed, the milk is poured into flasks.
Evaluation
6. A sample of milk from each donor and batch is analyzed for its nutritional value so that each bottle of milk can be labeled with the caloric and protein content before being dispensed to a hospital.
Packaging
7. The milk is poured into 100 mL or 200 mL bottles and each is labeled with a barcode that contains nutritional information, a batch number, an expiration date, and a unique code that is compatible with hospital logging and tracking systems.
Pasteurizing
8. Once bottled, the milk is gently pasteurized at 62.5o Celsius for 30 minutes. This special method of pasteurization (the Holder Method) kills potentially harmful viruses and bacteria but does not harm the majority of the milk’s immunological properties and beneficial components. The nutritional composition of the milk remains unchanged. Even after heat treatment, donor human milk can protect a premature baby from many complications and illnesses.
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9. After processing, a bacterial culture is completed to make sure that there are no harmful bacteria remaining in the milk.
Freezing
10. Pasteurized milk is frozen and held at -20oC until it is requested by a hospital or healthcare provider.
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11. Once requested, the milk is packed with great attention to safety and temperature control during transport.
Delivery
12. Frozen milk is delivered by a courier to local hospitals or shipped by overnight carrier to hospitals outside of North Texas.

To place an order for donor human milk, please call MMBNT at 817-810-0071 or toll-free 866-810-0071. Orders may also be faxed to 817-810-0087 or emailed to orders@texasmilkbank.org. For more information about ordering milk for a hospital, click here.

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