You asked: Is it safe to donate breast milk?

Is it safe to use other people’s breast milk?

However, breast milk shared by friends or bought through the internet is unlikely to have been collected, processed, tested or stored in a way that reduces risks to a baby. This kind of donated breast milk could contain: Bacterial growth and contamination with bacteria that could cause infection.

Should I donate breast milk?

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You can save lives by donating your extra breast milk for use as pasteurized donor human milk. Your breast milk contribution will have a big impact, as a premature infant eats as little as one ounce or less in a single feeding.

Who Cannot donate breastmilk?

Some conditions that disqualify women from milk donation: Positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis. She or her sexual partner is at risk for HIV. Tobacco products, illegal drugs, daily use of more than 1 alcohol serving (waiting period required for alcohol)

Can I get paid for donating breast milk?

In the United States, nonprofit milk banks that are accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North American (HMBANA) do not pay donors for breast milk. However, some for-profit milk banks do compensate donors. Money is also sometimes exchanged in direct peer-to-peer milk selling.

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How much does donor breast milk cost?

The cost of donor milk varies but is generally estimated as $3-5 per ounce, which includes both direct costs such as screening of donors, and processing and pasteurizing of breast milk, and indirect costs such as research and infrastructure.

Is donated breast milk better than formula?

And in most other areas comparing formula to donor milk, the WHO report finds either no significant difference, or a difference in favor of formula. For example, infants fed formula have greater short-term increases in weight and head circumference than those on donor milk.

How do I donate breast milk to hospital?

Four easy steps to donate breast milk:

  1. Complete a 15-minute phone screening.
  2. Fill out forms.
  3. Get a blood test (we pay for it).
  4. Make arrangements with us for delivery of your breast milk (at no cost to you).

Do I need to pasteurize my breast milk?

Layers of safety at The Milk Bank help protect the most fragile. We are often asked, “Why do you pasteurize your milk donations?” The simple answer is this: because pasteurization kills the bad while retaining the good. … We require a blood test for all our milk donors to check for HIV, HTLV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B &C.