Please read below the steps describing as to how it all works.
1. Donor mum's are screened and tested. For more information click here.
2. Milk is collected and delivered to the Milk Bank by staff and volunteers.
3. Milk is processed - batches of milk are prepared from single donors.
- The milk is sieved and poured into 50ml pre-sterilised bottles.
- Each batch of milk is pasteurised. Find out more click here.
- A sample of each batch is sent for microbiology screening before it is pasteurised and a second sample is taken after pasteurisation. If either of these samples is contaminated, the milk is discarded. Find out more click here.
4. Once the bottles are sealed, they are labelled with a batch number and split number so that each bottle is uniquely identifiable.
- They also have an expiry date.
- The bottles are frozen and once they are cleared for use they are relabelled with a new label stating they are now "For Human Consumption".
5. Each batch of milk is analysed for its nutritional content: fat, protein, carbohydrate, total solids and calories.