The Breastfeeding Center is associated with the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin, which is a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). A HMBANA milk bank screens and tests its donors, pasteurizes and then tests (cultures) the milk prior to bottling for shipment. Only donor milk from a HMBANA milk bank can be safely given to preterm, hospitalized infants. Milk banks depend on “drop off” milk depots in order to meet the growing demand for donor human milk – and that’s where we come in! We serve as a controlled collection point where women can donate their breast milk for premature babies, and also a distribution point where families come pick up pasteurized and screened milk for their newborns. We collected over 20,000 ounces of breast milk in 2015 – that’s a lot of milk for preemies and sick infants!
For more information on how you can become a Milk Depot donor, call 512-494-0800. To pick up donor milk (processing fees apply), please give us a call at 202-293-5182.