WHY USE A MILK BANK?
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.
WHEN CAN I BECOME A MILK DONOR?
Please understand that if you are currently nursing a baby, you must wait until the baby reaches three months of age before beginning milk donation. This is to ensure that each baby has a sufficient supply of his/ her mother's own milk. If there are extenuating circumstances please contact the Mother's Milk Cooperative with any questions.
I AM COLLECTING MILK FOR DONATION, BUT AM CURRENTLY SICK OR HAVE RECENTLY BEEN SICK. CAN I STILL DONATE THAT MILK?
We cannot accept milk if you, your baby, or anyone living in your house becomes ill with anything other than uncomplicated cold, seasonal runny nose, allergies, or oral temperatures not to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We also cannot accept milk collected during the period of 24 hours before a person becomes ill up until 24 hours after the person becomes well. If taking antibiotics, there may be an additional waiting period in which we are unable to accept milk collected for donation.
Please be sure to keep track of any illnesses and medications taken, along with the dates; and refrain from sending in milk collected under these circumstances when filling your donation cooler. Please contact the Mother's Milk Cooperative with any questions.
IS DONOR MILK SAFE?
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.
DO YOU PAY DONORS?
As the milk bank who first launched paid programs in the United States, we are staunch believers in our desire to recognize the time, and effort that goes into pumping milk. The Milk Money program accepts a limited number of donors. Due to the popularity of this program and support for our core mission, we continue to offer paid donation, though Milk Money payments are delayed and distributed on a rolling basis.
Every shipment of milk received at The Mothers Milk Cooperative is tested for safety and quality. These tests are critical because the majority of the babies we serve are hospitalized. The number one reason why milk fails testing - is the use of a breast pump kit that is more than four months old.
MILK THAT FAILS SAFETY TESTING WILL NOT BE APPROVED FOR PAYMENT.
Milk that fails safety testing cannot be used, and will not be approved for payment. Due to federal law we are unable to return milk that fails testing. While your application is being processed you may begin to pump and store milk for donation. We strongly recommend that you replace your entire breast pump kit every four months. If you have previously collected milk that was pumped using an older pump kit, it MAY fail our testing. More helpful tips:
Freeze your stored milk flat.
Do not send any milk for donation if you are taking any medications unless you have approval from the milk bank.
Take good care of yourself! Not only do you deserve it, but being rested and eating a healthy diet can help support your milk supply.
Are you ready to start this journey? Apply now.
IS MY MILK MONEY SUBJECT TO INCOME SUBJECT TO TAX?
Milk Money payments are classified as Miscellaneous Income by the IRS. Each year the Mothers Milk Cooperative issues 1099 Miscellaneous Income statements to donors who received payments during that year. There is no tax taken out of Milk Money payments. Consult your tax adviser to learn more about how this income could affect you.
HOW DO I LOG INTO MY DONOR PROFILE?
WHEN WILL I BE PAID?
Milk Money payments are being paid as quickly as we can. Payments are currently delayed due to financial constraints caused by the Prolacta Bioscience nuisance lawsuit.