Breast Milk Donor Program
BayCare implemented a Breast Milk Donor Program to provide nourishing human breast milk products to ill, premature babies in BayCare Neonatal Intensive Care Units and NICUs around the country. Eligible mothers within the community can now donate their excess breast milk to help premature infants in need. BayCare partnered with Prolacta Bioscience to provide standardized and pasteurized human milk-based formulations for these little babies. Nursing mothers may also be interested in donating to the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBNA).
Often with mothers of premature infants, their own breast milk does not come in as early as their babies arrive. Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk for the first year of life. These human milk products produced from the BayCare Donor Milk Program will provide the benefits of a 100% human milk diet to premature babies.
Nursing mothers who want to help can be prequalified to make sure they are healthy enough to donate. Review the Frequently Asked Questions at BayCare.Prolcata.com/FAQ or visit the HMBNA's Donate Milk page to learn more about the qualification, pumping, freezing and shipping processes. You may also be eligible to be reimbursed for your breast pump.
Learn more about how your donation can help or speak to a Milk Program Coordinator today.