There are many reasons why obtaining donor milk through a licensed milk bank is important. Milk banks are regulated on a Federal level by the FDA, and on a state level as Tissue Banks. Milk banks must comply with guidelines set forth by these regulatory bodies that enforce safety and quality.
The Mother's Milk Coop Milk Bank requires extensive screening before approving an applicant to become a milk donor, but the safety measures don't stop there. Every drop of each shipment of milk is tested for safety and quality and screened for adulterants before being processed for clinical use. Safety of the donor milk is paramount for the recipients of the donor milk who are often critically ill and/or premature babies in the NICU.
Are Mother's Milk Coop Donors "Milk Bank Certified"?
Mother's Milk Coop does not provide any sort of "milk bank certification". Though our milk donors must pass stringent screening to be accepted as a donor-member of the Coop, we do not offer any donor a "certificate" nor do we encourage selling or sharing of milk outside of a milk bank. This is because donor screening is just the FIRST step of many in the stringent safety and quality steps involved in milk banking. Donor screening provides some assurance that the milk donor is healthy enough at the time of screening to provide milk to the milk bank. Donors must undergo blood testing every six months to remain qualified to donate milk. Numerous additional steps are taken by the milk bank to ensure that Co-op Donor Milk offers the highest possible level of safety and quality, including extensive safety and quality tests on the milk before and after processing.
MMC does not offer or provide a "Milk Bank Certified" certificate and anyone who is found soliciting milk outside the Coop with the false claim of such "certificate" is in violation of MMC policies. The best way to ensure the safety of the milk donor and recipient is to work directly with a licensed milk bank such as the Mothers Milk Cooperative.
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