Employee & Community Health

Now you can donate your breast milk locally

1/26/2017

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Decades of research have established that human milk is the perfect food for infants. If you're a lactating mother who has extra milk or has experienced the loss of a child, you now can bring your milk to the new collection depot at Mayo Family Clinic Southeast. The depot is operated in conjunction with the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa (MMBI), a network that collects, processes, stores and distributes human milk from approved donors to babies who are the most fragile, vulnerable and at risk. 

If you're interested in donating your milk, here are the steps: 

  • Contact MMBI by calling 1-877-891-5347 or emailing Sventha Swaminathan at svetha-swaminathan@uiowa.edu
  • Go through a screening process with MMBI to determine if you are eligible. To qualify as a milk donor, you'll be asked about smoking, alcohol use, herbal supplements, medications and your willingness to make a minimum breast-milk donation. Find details on the MMBI website
  • Approved donors choose an MMBI depot, such as the one at Southeast Clinic, for donating their milk.
  • Complete the application process at the clinic, including having a blood test. 

What you need to know about the milk collection depot: 

  • Where: Mayo Family Clinic Southeast, 4544 Canal Place SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904
  • When: Hours for delivering donated milk at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If blood tests are needed, they can be done at the clinic from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. 

MMBI is affiliated with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), which was founded to allow generous mothers with extra breast milk to give another child the best start in life. In the past year, 6,800 women have donated 3.77 million ounces of milk through HMBANA.