Once Breastfeeding Is Well-Established
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.
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 HMBANA'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.
Why donate to support BayCare preemies?
- It is easy and convenient and can be done from home
- It can be done at no cost to you
- You are eligible to receive reimbursement
How does your breast milk donation help?
- Helps save babies’ lives
- Supports mothers with critically ill babies
- Provides standardized and guaranteed supply of breast milk to BayCare NICUs
Ready to become a donor?
- Do you have extra breast milk?
- Want to make a difference?
BayCare works with several milk banks to provide 100% human milk nutritional products to babies in their Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). Nursing mothers can select a milk bank that best meets their needs. Some of the milk banks offer optional compensation for donated milk, while others make charitable donations on the donor’s behalf.
Our milk bank partners:
For more information or a physician referral, call (888) 828-9580 or find a doctor near you.
Questions? Contact our Breastfeeding Help Line: 727-953-9107