P.O. Box 2648 South Bend IN, 46680

(574) 318-0179

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Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support

The Milk Bank

What is the milk Bank?

What is the milk Bank?

What is the milk Bank?

Founded in 2005 as the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, The Milk Bank was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for children and decrease health care expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout the United States. As a non-profit, community-supported entity, The Milk Bank is the first and only donor human milk bank in Indiana. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

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The Mission

What is the milk Bank?

What is the milk Bank?

The Milk Bank is a non-profit organization that promotes community health by expanding the safe use of human milk for all babies, especially premature and ill infants.

Values

What is the milk Bank?

Values

  • Human milk should be available to all ill and premature infants
  • An educated community understands the need for human milk for all babies
  • Safe human milk offers the best health care outcomes for premature and ill infants
  • Pasteurized donor human milk decreases health care costsAt The Milk Bank, it is our vision to see that every child has access to safe human milk.

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Become a donor!

Donation Information

Milk Donation Process

Milk Donation Process

Milk Donation Process

4 Steps to Donation:


STEP 1

Complete a 10-minute phone screening with our donor mother coordinator. You can reach us at (317) 536-1670. 


STEP 2

Complete and return an informational packet, including signed forms from your baby's pediatrician and your obstetrician.


STEP 3

The Milk Bank will arrange for you to get your blood drawn and cover all costs.


STEP 4

When we receive your paperwork and lab results, our clinical coordinator will review the information and approve you for donation.


Eligibility

Milk Donation Process

Milk Donation Process

Who is eligible? 

You are a good candidate if you’re a mother who is currently or recently finished lactating and has surplus milk, and if you are:
In good general health
Willing to undergo blood tests, at The Milk Bank’s expense.
Some medications are approved for use while donating. Contact us for more information..
Willing to donate at least 100 ounces of milk by your baby’s 2nd birthday.


Who is NOT eligible? 


You have a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C, or Syphilis.

You or your sexual partner is at risk for HIV.

You use illegal drugs or you smoke or use tobacco products.

Between 1980-1996, you were in the United Kingdom for more than three months or in Europe for more than five years.

our location

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We're proud to be established in the IMPower building, a hub of economic empowerment for our community!  Located at 22500 Lincoln Way West South Bend In. 46628