Donor Pre-Qualification Guidelines


Breast milk donation is a cherished and unique gift that only a mother can give. Below are general guidelines to donate milk.

If the following apply:

  • You are generally healthy
  • You do not take medication on a regular basis
  • Your baby is doing well
  • You do not smoke
  • Your home freezer reaches the appropriate temperature

THEN you are LIKELY to qualify as a donor

Contact your milk bank.

If the following apply:

  • You have had a major illness in the last 12 months
  • You have heart disease or high blood pressure
  • You have had vaccinations or shots in the last 12 months
  • You have had major surgery in the last 12 months
  • You have taken certain medications in the past 1-3 years
  • You take any medications (e.g. birth control pills, thyroid) for longer than 2 weeks
  • You have ever tested positive for tuberculosis
  • You have a history of cancer
  • You have had recent significant weight loss
  • You drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol in moderation
  • You received blood or blood products longer than 12 months ago
  • You take any herbal preparation, teas or supplements for longer than 2 weeks

THEN you MIGHT STILL qualify as a donor

Contact your milk bank for details.

If the following apply:

  • You have ever been infected with HIV
  • You are diabetic requiring insulin injections
  • You have ever received human pituitary growth hormone or a dura mater transplant
  • You have a family history or increased risk for Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (Mad Cow disease)
  • You have ever injected illegal drugs
  • You have ever had intimate contact with anyone at risk for HIV, HTLV or infectious hepatitis
  • You smoke, use any tobacco product or a nicotine patch
  • Your baby is breastfed and not gaining weight or growing as well as expected
  • You have been in the UK for 3 months or more cumulatively from 1980 to 1996
  • You have been in Europe for 5 years or more cumulatively from 1980 to present

THEN you DO NOT qualify as a donor. If you still have a question, please contact us.


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