Donation Process


1: Mom has excess breast milk

The first and most important thing is to make sure that breast feeding your infant is established before you decide to donate any excess milk. We only want your excess breast milk after your baby is fully fed. You can donate excess newly expressed milk or previously collected frozen milk (up to 10 months from date of expression) as long as it is clearly marked with month, day and year of expression. You can expect the entire breast milk donation qualification process to take about 3-4 weeks. You will receive step-by-step information as you progress through the qualification process so you know exactly where you are in the process and what to expect next.


2: Online Application and Review

In order to be eligible to donate your excess breast milk, you must first complete an online application. The application includes a Consent (to donate) Agreement and a Medical History Survey with about 50 questions similar to questions you answer prior to donating blood. It will take about 20 minutes. Once your application is processed, you will receive an email from the milk bank with detailed information on the next steps. You can expect to hear back within 5 days of submitting your application.


3: Medical Confirmation Forms

The breast milk you donate will be used to create nutritional formulations for critically-ill, premature infants. To ensure the quality of the product, we require that the donor has her medical provider and her infant’s pediatrician sign a confirmation form ensuring that both mother and baby are healthy, and that it is okay for the mother to donate her excess milk.


4: Breast Milk Donor Testing

We will arrange for a screening blood test by a national laboratory (at no charge to you). At the same time, you will be asked to provide a cheek swab to create a DNA identity profile. Later, when you ship in your donation, the DNA in the breast milk will be matched to your DNA identity profile to ensure we only receive milk from donors who have been screened. This is a critical step to ensure the safety of the milk since it will be used to feed critically-ill, premature infants.


5: Labeling, Filling, Freezing and Packing Breast Milk Donations

Prolacta will provide you with breast milk storage bags and breast milk collection and storage instructions. Once you are qualified, you will receive notification with detailed instructions on how to pack and ship the breast milk to Prolacta.


6: Milk Is Received At Prolacta

See how your milk is received into Prolacta’s facility and prepared for use in making potentially life-saving human milk nutritional products for premature babies.