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FAQS

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.

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?

Not at this time. 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. However, this program has created frustration for our members, and contributed to the milk banks struggles with cash flow. We are entering our fifth year of battling a nuisance lawsuit from Prolacta Bioscience which has continued to cause unbelievable damage to our organization, our members - and limits our ability to serve those who we care most about - hospitalized infants. We have made the tough decision to temporarily discontinue our paid program, Milk Money until the lawsuit is behind us so we can focus on serving sick babies and can correct the difficulties with donor payments. 

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.