Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown, Texas is now officially a Designated Milk Depot for the Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin! They will now be accepting breast milk donations, which will help save infant lives across Texas. I’m so proud of my nursing coworkers, who thought this program would benefit our community and took action to make it happen ❤
4 easy steps to becoming a breast milk donor
- Complete a 10-15 minute phone screening.
- Complete and return an informational packet.
- Have a blood test done. (They pay)
- When we receive your paperwork and lab results, our Executive Director calls you with your approval status.
Ready to provide some basic information so we can call you for a phone screening? Fill out this simple form to get started. Or you can call Valarie at 512.494.0800 or toll-free 1.877.813.MILK (6455) or email her. Please include the following information in your email: Your name, phone number, location, baby’s birth date, whether or not you have already collected any milk, a list of any medications or herbal supplements you are taking, and the best time to reach you.
Who is eligible:
You are a good candidate if you’re a mother who is currently (or just recently) lactating and has surplus milk, and if you are:
- In good general health
- Willing to undergo a blood test (at the Milk Bank’s expense)
- Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements (with a few exceptions)
- Willing to donate 100 ounces of milk initially and continue pumping to donate as you are able (minimum donations will be different if you are shipping milk)
- Nursing an infant who is less than one year of age (bereaved or surrogate mothers are also eligible to donate)
- Able to arrange for transportation of your milk to a drop-off site, or in some cases to ship your milk to the Milk Bank
You are not eligible to donate milk if
- You have a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C, or Syphilis
- You or your sexual partner is at risk for HIV
- You use illegal drugs
- You smoke or use tobacco products
- You have received an organ or tissue transplant or a blood transfusion in the last 4 months
- You regularly have more than two alcoholic drinks per day
- Between 1980-1996, you were in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months or in Europe for more than 5 years
The approval process
The approval process can take anywhere from one to four weeks, depending on how quickly you return your paperwork and get your blood work done, and how soon we receive the completed health forms from your healthcare providers. Once you become an approved milk donor mom, you’ll be ready to begin dropping off your milk at the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin or one of our collection sites, or to ship your milk to us at the Milk Bank. More questions? See Milk Donor FAQs
Until my next delivery ❤