Breastmilk Pre-Qualification Guidelines

Breast milk donation is a unique and special gift that only a mother can give. Below are general guidelines to donate breast milk.

If the following apply:

  • You are generally healthy
  • You do not take medication on a regular basis
  • Your baby is healthy and doing well
  • You do not smoke, use any tobacco product, a nicotine patch, or an e-cigarette
  • Your home freezer reaches the appropriate temperature

THEN you are LIKELY to qualify as a breast milk donor


If the following apply:

  • You have had a major illness in the last 12 months
  • You have heart disease or high blood pressure
  • You have had vaccinations or shots within the past 12 months
  • You have had major surgery in the last 12 months
  • You have taken certain medications within the past 1 to 3 years
  • You take any medications (eg, prenatal vitamins, thyroid) for longer than 2 weekss
  • You have ever tested positive for tuberculosis (TB)
  • You have a history of cancer
  • You have had recent significant weight loss
  • You drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol in moderation
  • You received blood or blood products longer than 12 months ago
  • You take any herbal preparation, teas or supplements for longer than 2 weeks

THEN you MIGHT STILL qualify as a breast milk donor

Contact the Helping Hands Milk Bank for more details

If the following apply:

  • You have ever had an abnormal pap smear that resulted in a positive diagnosis of human papillomavirus (HPV) or been diagnosed with HPV
  • You have ever been diagnosed with genital warts
  • You have ever been infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • You are diabetic requiring insulin injections
  • You have ever received human pituitary growth hormone or a dura mater transplant
  • You have a family history or increased risk for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (Mad Cow disease)
  • You have ever injected illegal drugs
  • You have ever had intimate contact with anyone at risk for HIV, human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV), or infectious hepatitis
  • You smoke, use any tobacco product, a nicotine patch or e-cigarette
  • Your baby is breastfed and not gaining weight or growing as well as expected
  • You have been in the UK for 3 months or more cumulatively from 1980 to 1996
  • You have been in Europe for 5 years or more cumulatively from 1980 to present

THEN you DO NOT qualify as a breast milk donor

Your valuable donation will contribute $1 per ounce to support Susan G. Komen

Learn why Helping Hands Milk Bank exists and how the program benefits Susan G Komen.

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