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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

How to Become a Donor

Do you want to become a donor?

Becoming a donor is an amazing step and could help many babies. Your own baby is the priority, so we only take milk that is truly surplus to your baby's needs. To be a donor, it's preferable if your baby is under 9 months when you make your first donation. We can also take stored milk that is less than 90 days old. You can donate for as long as you like, there is no upper age limit.


Who can donate milk?

Although you are donating breast milk, it's similar to becoming a blood donor and there are only a few things that would stop you donating. If you have had a blood transfusion in the last 4 months, we would just delay doing your blood tests.

There is a screening process and we can do this by email or post. The health and lifestyle questionnaire does include questions about your medical history, lifestyle and diet.

You can donate milk if:

  • you are breast feeding or expressing for your own baby
  • you are and remain in good health
  • you are able to commit to a period of donating

You cannot donate milk if:

  • you or anyone in your house smokes or vapes
  • you take certain medications (acceptable medications include thyroxine, asthma inhalers, mini pill). Please contact the milk bank to discuss medications you take routinely.
  • you have had a tattoo in the last 4 months

 

If you would like more information about donation or to get a donor pack please use the Contact Form  and we will get back to as soon as we can.