Employee & Community Health

Extra breast milk? Consider donating at the milk collection depot

8/20/2018

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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 can bring your milk to the 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: 

  • Email Jean Drulis of MMBI or call her at 319-384-9930. 
  • 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 Information for Donors web page. 
  • Approved donors choose an MMBI depot, such as the one at Southeast Clinic, for donating your milk. 
  • The required blood test can be done at the clinic from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. 
  • Once approved as a donor, collect and deliver your milk to the depot. 

What you need to know about the milk collection depot:

  • Where: Mayo Family Clinic Southeast, 4544 Canal Place SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • When: Hours for delivering donated milk are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 2016, the HMBANA network provided 5.2 million ounces of donor milk to fragile infants in need.