Who is eligible to donate breast milk?
A lactating woman can donate if:
- She is in good health, with good health-related behavior.
- Not on medications or herbal supplements (with the exception of prenatal vitamins, human insulin, thyroid replacement hormones, nasal sprays, asthma inhalers, topical treatments, eye drops, progestin-only or low dose estrogen birth control products etc).
- She is willing to undergo blood testing for screening of infections
- She has enough milk after feeding her baby satisfactorily and her baby is thriving nicely.
A donor will be disqualified if:
- She uses illegal drugs, tobacco products or nicotine replacement therapy Regularly takes more than two ounces of alcohol or its equivalent or three caffeinated drinks per day;
- If she has a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C or syphilis
- If she herself is or has a sexual partner suffering from HBV, HIV, HCV and venereal diseases OR either one has high risk behavior for contracting them in last 12 months.
- She cannot donate breast milk if she has received organ or tissue transplant, any blood transfusion/blood product within the prior 12 months
- She is taking radioactive or other drugs or has chemical environmental exposure or over the counter prescriptions or mega doses of vitamins.
- If she has mastitis or fungal infection of the nipple or areola, active herpes simplex or varicella zoster infections in the mammary or thoracic region she will not be able to donate breast milk.