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How to Become a Donor

Do you want to become a donor?

To be a donor, your baby must be under 6 months old when you make your first donation. We can also take stored milk that is less than 60 days old. You can donate until your baby is between 10 and 11 months old.

Who can donate milk?

You can donate milk if:

  • you are breast feeding or expressing 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
  • 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 12 months

Although you are donating your breast milk, we screen you in exactly the same way as blood donation.

You can find out more about the blood test that are carried out on our behalf by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service at Testing Blood - Information for Donors.

On very rare occasions we do sometimes get false alarms from the automated testing. Please be assured these false reactions do not have any bearing on your health or the safety of your breast milk for your own baby.

When we see a reaction, we carry out more detailed testing on the same sample to clarify the findings. If these tests are negative, we can be confident that the reactions are false and are due to technical problems only. They do however prevent us from using your breast milk. 

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.

Please be aware that screening each donor costs around £75 so it is important to be fully committed to donating before signing up.