Donor Milk

Milk banking has its roots in wet-nursing, a common practice for all of recorded history. Milk banking began in France in the 1800s and the first human milk bank was established in the United States in Boston, MA, in 1912. Today milk banks blend, pasteurize and store donated milk before it is frozen and shipped to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s (NICU) for premature and sick babies. Donor milk is also available to outpatient recipients for a variety of reasons. Outpatient recipients of human donor milk include infants and children who:

  • Have been diagnosed with Failure to Thrive
  • Not tolerating formula
  • Have a life threatening illness
  • Have a failing immune system
  • Are adopted

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