Meet our Milk Depot

Do you have extra breastmilk?  Why not donate your milk to The MidAtlantic Mother's Milk Bank (also known as Three Rivers Mother's Milk Bank)?  The Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Center is proud to be a Milk Depot for MidAtlantic Mother's Milk Bank, which means approved donors can drop off their milk at our center, letting us handle the rest!  


BE A DONOR

Who can donate?

Healthy women are encouraged to donate breast milk when:

  • You’re already meeting your own baby’s needs.
  • You are a bereaved mother or surrogate.
  • You’re willing to participate fully in the screening process, which includes a blood draw.
  • You’re willing to donate at least 150 ounces. There is no minimum amount for bereaved moms.
  • You’re not taking any unapproved medications or herbal supplements, including fenugreek
    (please contact us with specific questions).
  • You do not smoke or use tobacco products.

Milk can be accepted this is:

  • Pumped on or prior to the first birthday of the donor’s baby. The milk bank may accept milk beyond one year postpartum when outpatient donor milk needs are high.
  • Stored in a freestanding freezer (chest or upright) for up to 6 months.
  • Stored in a refrigerator/freezer combo for up to 3 months.
  • Not pumped within 12 hours after consuming alcohol.

How to donate:

Donors must first go through a screening process with the milk bank to be approved to donate milk 


BE A RECIPIENT 

Each year, nearly 11% of the 140,000 babies born in Pennsylvania and West Virginia arrive prematurely.

One of the greatest risks for infants born before 34 weeks gestation is developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious inflammation of their intestines that can lead to surgery, or poor long-term outcomes. The use of donor human milk decreases the risk of NEC by 80%.

What’s more, babies receiving donated human milk in the NICU have lower rates of serious infections, shorter hospital stays, and higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding upon discharge.

INPATIENTS 

Your baby’s medical team may recommend donor milk to give your baby the best start. Each hospital has its own guidelines for using donor milk but it can also be used for a number of reasons in the hospital including:

  • Prematurity
  • GI conditions including Short Gut Syndrome and Gastroschisis
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Congential Heart Disease
  • Maternal Insufficiency
  • Hypogylcemia

OUTPATIENTS

Babies and young children being cared for at home may also benefit from donor milk. Typical diagnoses include:

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Immune Disorders
  • Inborn Errors of Metabolism
  • Intolerance of Formula
  • Malabsorption Disorders
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Post-surgical Nutrition
  • Prematurity (post discharge)
  • Renal Disease
  • Short Gut Syndrome
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II

Outpatient use requires a prescription from your child’s healthcare provider. Please contact us at orders@threeriversmilkbank.org to obtain an outpatient packet including prescribing and pricing information.

The cost of donor milk for outpatient use may be paid for by insurance. Please consult with your healthcare provider and insurer to inquire about coverage.  We are happy to provide assistance.

We encourage you to speak to your healthcare provider if you feel donor milk may benefit your baby.

If you have any questions regarding milk donation or receiving processed milk for your child, please call our center at 610-366-7676 or email us at info@lvbreastfeeding@gmail.com