HMBANA Milk Depot
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.
Breastfeeding Center Milk Connection
BCMC is a community based milk sharing program created to make human milk available to any baby that needs it, regardless of their family’s ability to pay for it. We seek to make milk sharing safer through screening guidelines similar to those used by the Human Milk Bank Association of North America (HMBANA). Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants review donor health histories using a and review lab tests for diseases that can be passed through breastmilk. Unlike HMBANA milk banks, in order to reduce the processing fees for recipients, we do not thaw, pool, pasteurize, and test donor milk. We provide all families with instructions in easy, evidence-based at home.
Once milk has been donated and logged into the system, families can pick it up after filling out our Milk Recipient Form.