You can make a difference
in the life of a premature or medically-fragile infant by becoming a breast milk donor.
The Center for Women and Families at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center serves as a breast milk depot, where donors can bring breast milk for shipping to a milk bank. At the milk bank, milk is processed, pasteurized and distributed to infants across the country in need of this vital resource.
For some babies, it is the difference between life and death.
It’s easy to be a breast milk donor, by following these simple steps:
- Initiate the process by participating in a telephone screening with the Mother’s Milk Bank of Colorado at 1-877-458-5503.
- Contact the Good Sam Laboratory at (541) 768-5059 to schedule a one-time blood test, free of charge.
- Make arrangements to deliver your frozen breast milk to the Center for Women and Families. Depot drop-offs must be pre-arranged to ensure timely shipping. Our depot provides dry ice, packing materials and boxes for transporting your milk.
Appointments may be scheduled through the Lactation Line at (541) 768-5244.
Milk bank donors must meet the following requirements
- In good health
- Non-smoker – no use of any Nicotine products
- Negative blood test for viruses (Prenatal results are NOT used)
- No medication use during the time milk is collected for donation, except for vitamins and minerals, food supplements, progestin-only birth control or replacement hormones such as insulin
- Limited use of caffeine; a waiting period is required after alcohol use before donating milk
- Minimum donation of 150 ounces total during the time they are a donor
- Medical release forms signed by mother’s and baby's doctors (forms supplied by Milk Bank)
If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Mother’s Milk Bank at milkbankcolorado.org
, or call the Good Sam Lactation Line at (541) 768-5244.