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Application Process

International Milk Bank gathers breast milk from lactating mothers who have breast milk in excess of the needs of their infant. All donors must commit to put the feeding needs of their babies first and foremost before donating their excess milk.

 

We are not currently accepting applications. Below are some pre-qualifications, please review them and start the application process by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

 

At International Milk Bank (IMB), we have an uncompromising commitment to quality, safety, and integrity. As such, you will be asked to complete a Donor Questionnaire with your health history, blood testing and Donor Consent forms, which are required to donate milk with us. Also there are forms for your physician and your baby’s physician to verify you are both healthy to donate your extra milk.

 

We offer financial reimbursement for approved milk pumped within 6 months. We cover all the costs of donor screening and shipping the milk. Screening process takes about 2-3 weeks and shipping/receiving takes about 3-5 business days. We accept milk that is up to 3 months old if it is stored in your refrigerator-freezer, and up to 6 months old if stored in a deep freeze or a chest freezer. Older milk is accepted on a case-by-case basis.

 

You are probably eligible to donate if:

  • You are in good health.

  • You have milk that is truly extra, or cannot be used by your baby (bereaved and surrogate mothers are welcome to become milk donors).

  • Your milk was put in the freezer within 48 hours of being pumped.

  • You are able to donate a minimum of 500 ounces.

     

 

You are not eligible to donate milk if you:

  • have or are being treated for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis.

  • or your sexual partner is at risk for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis.

  • have used recreational drugs in the past year, including marijuana.

  • smoke or use tobacco or nicotine products.

  • take herbal supplements (fenugreek, blessed thistle, mother’s milk tea, etc)

  • spent 3 months or more in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996 OR

  • spent 5 years or more in Europe and/or the United Kingdom between 1980 and the present.

  • had a blood transfusion given to the baby during pregnancy

  • Within the past 12 months has been exposed to hepatitis A or received a gamma globulin shot

  • have exchanged sex for money or drugs, even one time

  • have ever injected drugs, or had sex with a man who has injected drugs

  • are on regular medication other than vitamins, thyroid replacement hormones, insulin, iron or progestin-only birth control pills while she is pumping

  • Have a chronic health condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or a history of cancer

  • Consume more than 24 ounces of caffeinated drinks per day, or regularly consume alcohol (there is a 12-hour waiting period after consuming alcohol before pumping for the bank)

  • Have ever tested positive for tuberculosis

 

If you meet the above qualifications, please check back in 60-90 days to complete a donor application.