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. Will I have enough milk for my baby if I donate?

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

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

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

  9. How should I prepare to express my milk?

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

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

  12. What if I have taken medications?

  13. What if I am ill?

  14. Can I drink alcohol while donating?

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

  16. How do I send my breast milk donation?

  17. Does the milk bank have a confidentiality policy?

  18. Will only babies receive my donated milk?

  19. Will I be paid for my donations?

  20. What if I only want to make a one time donation? I've been pumping extra milk for months and I have more than my baby will ever take.

  21. How will my milk be used?

  22. What resources are available if I have more questions?

  23. After lactation begins, how long can a nursing mother donate?

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

  25. What does Prolacta Bioscience do?

  26. What is qualified milk?

  27. Why do you need to do DNA testing?