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5 Important Facts About Donor Human Milk Banking

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What is the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist?

Located at Ochsner Baptist, 2700 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana collects approved human donor milk and processes it using pasteurization to dispense to premature and sick babies who need it to survive. Ochsner understands the critical importance of human milk for infant growth and development that cannot be duplicated by formula. Despite their best efforts, sometimes mothers of preterm infants are unable to provide their own milk, and donated human milk is the next best thing. The bank has been accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) as the 24th milk bank in the United States and the only HMBANA milk bank in Louisiana.

How do I donate?

Donors should call 504-703-6455 to begin the process. There is an initial phone screening followed by an information packet to fill out and return. The donor will need to submit to a blood screening, covered by the Milk Bank. Once approved, donors are given an ID number that allows them to drop off milk at one of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana statewide Milk Bank depots.

Where do I deliver my donation?

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist can receive approved milk donations Monday-Friday (7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.), excluding holidays. Call the Milk Bank (504-703-6455) to arrange a drop off time that is convenient for you.

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist also has depots in Lafayette, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Raceland, Alexandria and Shreveport with more locations available soon. Call the Milk Bank for more information.

How is milk packaged?

Milk should be in containers that are clearly labeled with the dates. Frozen milk containers grouped into one bag should have an approved ID card in the bag, available from the Milk Bank. Donated milk is pasteurized then cultured post pasteurization to ensure it is safe to offer to babies with specific medical needs.

Can I sell my milk?

Milk is only accepted by donation.

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