Health Foundations

Mama Latte: Donate Breast Milk

Mama Latte is Minnesota's only non-profit breast milk collection site for donated human milk. Mothers who have passed an initial screening by the Ohio Milk Bank and have a donor number may donate their milk. Any labs needed can be drawn during the milk donation visit. Donated milk is shipped once a month to Ohio Milk bank in Columbus, Ohio, where it is pasteurized, tested and bottled. 

Human Donor Milk

There are occasions when a baby may need "supplemental" food before mother's milk is plentiful. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends human donor milk when mother's own milk is not available. Human donor milk from the Ohio Milk Bank is available at the birth center if this need arises.

Becoming a Donor Mom is Easy

Thank you for your interest in donating your milk. Listed below are the steps involved in becoming an approved donor. If you are currently pregnant, please contact us once your baby is born and lactation is established.he 

Step 1:  Telephone Screening with the Ohio Milk Bank

Please call the Ohio Milk Bank at 614-544-0811 to set up this screening.  This screening is similar to blood donation screening and takes about 10-15 minutes.  During that time, we will answer any questions you may have about the donation process.  If you have been a blood donor in the past and are not taking any medications on a regular basis that would affect your milk, you are most likely a good candidate to donate milk.

Step 2:  Donor Interview Packet

Once you have passed the telephone screening, you will be sent a donor interview packet. This includes a 4-page medical health history, which asks information about health and lactation history and includes a medical release to be signed by both you and your baby’s healthcare provider.  Simply complete and sign the top portion of the release forms and return them with the rest of the packet.

Step 3:  Lab Work

Once you have passed the initial screening process, we will help you complete the required lab tests.  All lab test are drawn at Health Foundations.  All lab fees are covered by our organizations. Donors must have negative results on the blood test for HIV1&2, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV 1&2 and Syphilis. Please call our office to set up an appointment at 651-895-2520.

Step 4:  Donor Approval

The entire screening process typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete.  After the completed forms and blood test results are available, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Ohio will evaluate your file for approval.  The Milk Bank of Ohio will contact you regarding your eligibility but will not share that information with Health Foundations.  Please call us yourself to let us know when you have finalized arrangements with Ohio.  It's very important that you let us know what your status is so that we can follow up with the collection and shipping process.

Step 5:  Collection of Milk

Closely follow the milk collection and storage procedures provided in the packet.  We prefer that your milk be stored in our containers and that your first donation consist of a minimum of 100 ounces.  If you have milk that was stored prior to your calling our office, we can accept it as long as:

1.  You were not ill and/or taking any medications not approved on our list;

2.  The milk is less than 3 months old and stored in a regular refrigerator freezer or 6 months if kept in a deep freeze (stand alone freezer unit).

3.  The milk is stored in a clean, food-grade container.  Typically, it takes donors 3-6 weeks to collect 100 ounces.  After the initial donation, milk can be delivered in any quantity and you may continue to donate until your baby reaches 1 year of age (although blood tests need to be repeated every 6 months). Remember to pick up additional containers each time you drop off milk.