Breast milk donor depot

Also known as: Breast milk bank, breast milk donations
As a mother who is breastfeeding, you may want to consider milk donation for other babies in need. It is an opportunity to make a difference in the health of a premature or medically fragile infant. Donor breast milk is an important part of medical care for at-risk infants whose own mothers cannot supply enough milk.

Providence had been leading the way in breast milk donation for years, opening the first donation depot in Oregon in 2009. Now, we are home to the first breast milk bank in the state, making distributions from Providence Sunset Medical Plaza. Learn how these very personal gifts can make a lifesaving difference for some of our tiniest patients.

How to donate:
We offer a breast milk donation depot to make this generous act easy and convenient. Our certified lactation nurses can help answer your questions about becoming a breast milk donor. They also will assist you with the screening process and ship your milk to a milk bank, where it will be processed, pasteurized and distributed to infants who will benefit from it.

There are three easy steps to share a gift of breast milk:

1. Call one of our donor-depot locations to participate in a screening. We will connect you with the staff at the milk bank to obtain additional information and necessary consent forms. We have a partnership with the milk bank at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

2. Come to the hospital for a laboratory visit. All breast milk donors are screened carefully for safety. The one-time blood tests are offered free of charge at the hospital's laboratory.

3. Arrange a time to deliver your frozen breast milk. We provide dry ice, packing materials and boxes necessary for transporting your milk.

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Your Guide to Breastfeeding (Spanish)

Este folleto le proporcionará información básica para facilitarle a usted y a  su bebé el proceso de la lactancia. Usted aprenderá sobre:
  • los beneficios de la lactancia para la madre, el padre y la sociedad
  • respuestas a preguntas frecuentes sobre la lactancia
  • qué hacer para ayudar a que la lactancia tenga un buen inicio
  • por qué la lactancia materna es un asunto de salud pública y qué se está
  • haciendo para promoverla y protegerla
  • por qué debería hablar acerca de la lactancia con su médico o proveedor de servicios de salud y el pediatra de su bebé
  • dónde encontrar ayuda para la lactancia, y
  • qué preguntas acerca de la lactancia hacer durante su próxima visita al médico

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