Milk Banking Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Why should I donate?

  2. Is Prolacta a for-profit company?

  3. Does Prolacta sell products to the hospital?

  4. How do I know if I am a candidate to donate milk?

  5. Can I donate milk that I pumped, collected, and froze prior to being qualified as a donor?

  6. What equipment will I need as a breast milk donor?

  7. When can I start expressing milk for the milk bank?

  8. How do I clean pump parts while pumping for donation?

  9. How should I prepare to express my milk?

  10. How often should I express?

  11. Are all donor testing requirements the same for all donor milk programs?

  12. Why do you need to do DNA testing?

  13. What is qualified milk?

  14. How should I store the milk prior to shipping?

  15. How do I send my breast milk donation?

  16. Does Prolacta and the donor milk program have a confidentiality policy?

  17. Will only babies receive my donated milk?

  18. Will I be paid for my donations?

  19. Are the payments I receive from Prolacta subject to tax?

  20. Where does my breast milk go once I donate?

  21. What if I only want to make a one-time donation? I've been pumping extra milk for months and I have too much breast milk.

  22. After lactation begins, how long can a donor qualify to donate breast milk?

  23. What if I have taken medications?

  24. What if I am ill?

  25. Can I drink alcohol while donating?

  26. What do I do if I go out of town?

  27. What are Prolacta's guidelines for milk storage?

  28. Does Prolacta participate in milk sharing?

  29. How do you determine the donor qualification and milk storage requirements?

Miscellaneous Things You Might Need:

  1. Breast pad liners
  2. Prenatal vitamins, but make sure you let Preemies Milk Bank know what you are taking
  3. Nursing bras
  4. Lanolin for sore nipples

Tips for Increased Milk Supply:*

  • Eat healthier, smaller meals
  • Minimize caffeine intake
  • Drink lots of water
  • Pump every 2-3 hours during the day for a total of 20 minutes, or 15 minutes if just pumping on one side
  • Pump every 3-4 hours each night
  • Pump at approximately the same time each day
  • Massage your breast and roll or stretch your nipple
  • Find a relaxing place to pump
*Prolacta does not collect milk from donors who use lactation teas