Human Milk Banking and the Use of Donor Human Milk

When a mother’s milk is not available or adequate, donor human milk is the first best choice. Human milk banks provide a much-needed resource of donated milk from screened lactating mothers for families around the world. Human milk banks follow strict guidelines to ensure the safety of banked human milk. Potential donors complete a health form and blood tests, similar to the screening process used by blood banks. Donated milk is then pooled and pasteurized to kill any bacteria or viruses. Before the pasteurized milk is dispensed, bacteriological testing is conducted to ensure its safety.

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Image source: United States Breastfeeding Committee