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OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank

​If you have extra breast milk, don't pump and dump - pump and donate to babies and moms in need. Your breast milk will be pasteurized, cultured and shipped to hospitals across the country, giving babies fighting for their lives their best chance at health. Call the OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank to begin the process today or email

Call the OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank to begin the process today or email

The OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank in Columbus, Ohio relies on donations from healthy, lactating women who generously provide milk to help other babies. The donated milk is pasteurized, frozen and distributed by physician prescription. To become a volunteer breast milk donor, mothers must take part in a stringent screening process to ensure the quality and safety of the milk.

For more information about becoming a milk donor, call the OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank at (614) 566.0630 or email

Requirements for Breast Milk Bank Donors

  • Participate in an initial phone screening to verify eligibility
  • Receive and read the Mothers' Milk Bank information packet
  • Participate in a medical and lifestyle history review
  • Complete a medical release form signed by the donor and healthcare provider for both the donor and baby
  • Consent to and receive a comprehensive blood test to screen for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis

Breast Milk Benefits

Infants benefit greatly from breast milk, especially those who are premature, ill, or have life-threatening conditions. Human milk is the ultimate source of nutrients and immune protection for infants. Babies benefit from the active growth hormones, developmental enzymes, infection fighting and immunological factors found in breast milk.

Research shows that breast milk helps pre-term infants:

  • Reach full feeds sooner and need fewer IVs
  • Mature their intestines faster
  • Spend fewer days in the hospital
  • Reduce risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (a bowel disease)
  • Reduce risk of sepsis (blood infection) and fewer infections
  • Experience long-term IQ advantages over formula-fed infants
  • Be healthier as older children and adults