Learn how the OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank works with donors -- and how the donated milk, distributed throughout the United States, is processed. Plus, a mother's story.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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: