Why the Preemies Milk Bank Exists
Our mission is to collect breast milk from qualified surrogate mothers for premature infants. In the absence of human milk donors, there would not be a way to provide human milk fortifier and standardized human milk processed from 100% human breast milk to babies in need. We appreciate your breast milk donation and want to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Your generous donation is valued highly by the medical community as well as the families with preterm, sick babies.
How It Works
One of the unique things about Preemies Milk Bank is our ability to accept surrogate mother donor milk from all over the contiguous United States. It is not necessary to have a milk bank nearby in order to make this precious donation. Preemies Milk Bank is a virtual milk bank utilizing the power of the internet to allow a qualified donor to make her breast milk donation from the comfort of her own home. Preemies Milk Bank will provide a contract for the surrogate to complete. Once the contract is signed and the surrogate becomes an eligible candidate for donation, Preemies Milk Bank will supply pre-qualification testing materials consisting of a blood test to screen for various viruses and a DNA cheek swab to match incoming milk. Preemies Milk Bank will also provide breast milk storage containers and shipping supplies, all at no charge to the qualified donor. The qualification process generally takes about 3 weeks and is good for 123 days before re-qualification testing is required.
What We Do
Your valuable breast milk donation will be used to make human milk fortifier and standardized human milk from 100% human milk. Both will be available for very low birth weight infants, seriously ill babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the United States. While a mother's breast milk can provide a large percentage of her premature baby's needs, premature infants need more protein and calories than are naturally occurring in mother's milk. Through consumption of concentrated human milk protein, in the form of a human milk fortifier from 100% human milk, critically ill premature babies are able to get the nutrition they need to grow while being fed exclusively human milk. Also, when mother's own milk is not available in the NICU, standardized human milk is made from your donation and can be used to ensure a 100% human milk diet in the NICU. Standardized human milk is processed to ensure that it always has similar calories and protein that would be found in mother's milk if milk from the mother of the premature baby were available.