Safety Tips

Would you be willing to try a private donor to get your baby the breast milk they need?

Going personal maybe big win instead of using Milk Bank.

Donor banks check the milk for disease and pasteurize it to protect your baby. You don't have that guarantee when you go private.

Here are some safety tips you should follow when you go the private breast milk donor route:

Check the laws. Although legal in most areas of the country, there are certain laws that govern donor milk. In California, for example, breast milk cannot be sold, although it can be donated.

Check your donor's background. Check the background of donor and get other moms’ experience.

Ask for a blood test. If a mom is willing to be a donor, she should also be willing to be screened for HIV 1&2, hepatitis B&C, syphilis, and HTLV 1&2.

Ask for a letter from her doctor. This will help catch anything a blood test might have missed.

Sign a donor contract. It's up to you what you put in here, but it can include lifestyle concerns such as not smoking.

Try home pasteurization. Not a choice for everyone, but if you're still concerned about disease, there are means to do at home what donor banks do.

Flash heat the milk. This method is another option for killing bacteria that many moms prefer to pasteurization. It will kill HIV in particular in the milk without destroying other antibodies.