OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Donation Site for Mothers' Milk Bank

mothers milk bank logo.png Our Breastfeeding Resource Center has always been a place to turn to for help and support for breastfeeding. We are pleased to have expanded our outreach and support by becoming a Donation Site for Mothers' Milk Bank, a Colorado-based nonprofit program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation.   They collect, process and provide human donor milk to babies across the country. Babies who receive the milk may be premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive.  

Donating human breast milk is a life-saving gift that only a mother can give.  OSF is an advocate for breast milk being the very best start for a new life.  Becoming a donation site has allowed us to expand our Mission and partner with moms in our community to provide the benefits of breast milk to even more babies..  

Why donate milk?

Did you know that just one ounce of human breast milk can save the life of a premature infant fighting for his or her life?  Babies in hospital Neonatal intensive Care Units such as the one at our Children's Hospital of Illinois depend on this life-saving nourishment to thrive when their own moms' milk is not available.  Often premature infants cannot tolerate formula, have a weakened immune system or have special dietary needs.  If the mom is ill or unable for any reason not to provide breast milk, then milk from a milk bank is needed.

Donating your excess milk is what keeps milk bank supplies plentiful to help all babies who may need it, whether they be premature or full term babies.    .    .  

Can I donate my breast milk?

There are guidelines and a process to follow to make sure your milk can be donated. You are likely to quality as a donor if:

  • You are in generally good health
  • You are a non smoker
  • You are taking no medications on a regular basis

How do I get started?

Mothers' Milk Bank will be your contact to walk through the steps to donate.  Once you have completed their simple screening and eligibility requirements, then our team at the Breastfeeding Resource Center at Parkway Plaza look forward to seeing you come through our door for your milk drop off.  Thank you and congratulations on taking the next step to helping babies through your selfless donation. 

Learn the details of the donation process from the Mothers' Milk Bank

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