Criteria for human breast milk donors

Who can donate human breast milk?
• A lactating woman who:

• is in good health, good health-related behavior, and not regularly on medications or herbal supplements (with the exception of prenatal vitamins, human insulin, thyroid replacement hormones, nasal sprays, asthma inhalers, topical treatments, eye drops, progestin-only or low dose estrogen birth control products);

• is willing to undergo blood testing for screening of infections; and  has enough milk after feeding her baby satisfactorily and baby is thriving nicely.


Who cannot donate?

A donor is disqualified who:

• uses illegal drugs, tobacco products or nicotine replacement therapy; or

• regularly takes more than two ounces of alcohol or its equivalent or three caffeinated drinks per day; or
• has a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C or syphilis; or
• is herself or has a sexual partner suffering from HBV, HIV, HCV and venereal diseases OR either one has high risk behavior for contracting them in last 12 months; or
• has received organ or tissue transplant, any blood transfusion/blood product within the prior 12 months.
• is taking radioactive or other drugs or has chemical environmental exposure or over the counter prescriptions or mega doses of vitamins, which are known to be toxic to the neonate and excreted in breastmilk; or
• has mastitis or fungal infection of the nipple or areola, active herpes simplex or varicella zoster infections in the mammary or thoracic region.


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