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Your Extra Milk Can Help Save Lives

Thank you for your interest in donating your milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee. Without individuals like you, we simply could not exist. We are on a mission to improve the odds for Tennessee babies born too soon and too small. You can play an essential role in our mission to provide safe, pasteurized donor human milk to the most vulnerable babies by becoming a milk donor. 

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Screening

Mothers with excess milk complete a screening process which includes an application, medical screening, blood test and physician's consent.

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Donating

Once a donor is approved to donate, she delivers her milk frozen and properly labeled to one of our Milk Drop Depots located across the state. 

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Processing

The donor milk is then transferred to Mothers' Milk Bank of Tennessee's facility in Murfreesboro where it is filtered, mixed, pasteurized, cultured, and bottled.

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Distributing

Once the processing is complete, the Pasteurized Human Donor Milk (PHDM) is bottled and distributed to NICUs across Tennessee.

The Journey of a Milk Drop

Donor Requirements

  • An initial minimum donation of 100 ounces is required to begin the prescreening process.

  • Practice safe pumping and storage guidelines.

  • Every bottle/bag has remained frozen since collection and is clearly labeled with the date collected, including the year.

  • No donated milk has been frozen for longer than 8 months.

  • All the milk was collected before the baby's second birthday.

  • Must complete the screening process listed below.

Screening Process

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Phone Interview

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Complete Donor Application

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Obtain Doctor's Consent

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Blood Test

(Covered by us)

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Approval to Donate

Ineligibility

Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee provides lifesaving donor milk to the most critical infants. Therefore, temporary deferral periods or a permanent donor exclusion may apply in the following situations:

  • Unsafe pumping, cleaning and storage practices

  • Smoking or use of tobacco products

  • Alcohol consumption (waiting period required after drinking ANY alcohol) 

  • Use of illegal recreational drugs

  • Use of cannabis or CBD products

  • Use of non-approved medications, vaccines, or herbal supplements

  • Positive serological test results for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis

  • Recent history of blood transfusion

  • Risk of blood-borne illnesses

  • Organ or tissue transplant

  • At-risk sexual practices


Questions about approved medications, alcohol consumption or requirements? Please contact Angela Plunkett.
 

Each year, hundreds of Tennessee moms share their extra milk.

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