Saint Mary's Donor Milk Program

Saint Mary's Donor Milk Program

Babies who are in the TJ and Debbie Day NICU at Saint Mary's receive specialized care. In order to keep those babies growing and thriving, we provide a donor milk program for those who may not be able to receive milk from their mother. Your contribution can help.

What is the Donor Milk Program?

If you are a nursing mother that has a milk supply in excess of what your baby needs, you can help other babies and mothers who need it. Mothers of premature babies often can't produce the amount of milk needed. By donating your breast milk, you can provide potentially life-sustaining benefits to the babies fighting for their lives.

Our Donor Milk Program is operated by Prolacta Bioscience. Prolacta tests and processes all donated milk in order to supply premature babies with an exclusive 100% human milk diet. Donating milk is done in the privacy of your home. Once you are qualified as a donor, Prolacta provides breast milk storage bags as well as shipping coolers with pre-paid shipping labels. Every shipment they receive is cross-matched with that donor's DNA profile, screened for bacteria, and tested for drugs of abuse and other substances. It is then pasteurized, labeled with nutritional value and sold to our NICU

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the use of human milk for all preterm infants.

How Does the Donor Milk Program Help NICU Babies?

Breast milk helps all babies to grow healthy and strong.

  • It supplies necessary nutrients in proper proportions
  • It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity
  • It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer
  • It protects against infections, including ear infections
  • Is easily digested

How Do I Become a Donor?

Click here to learn more about our Donor Milk Program.