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?
here to learn more about our Donor Milk Program.