“Imagine that the world had created a new ‘dream product’ to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it. “
~ Frank Oski
Who are the donors?
Donors are healthy mothers who have completed the screening process. They are able to produce more milk than their babies need.
What does the screening process involve?
Donors complete a short verbal and written questionnaire. Their doctor or midwife is consulted, and blood tests are done at a local lab.
What are the blood tests?
The blood tests include: HIV-1, HIV-2, HTLV-1, HTVV-2, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Why is the milk pasteurized?
Human milk is pasteurized to ensure a safe product. Human milk pasteurization maintains most of the anti-infective properties of fresh human milk.
How much milk do I need to donate?
Mothers need to be certain they meet the needs of their own infant first. Because of the cost of screening, we screen mothers only when they are able to donate at least 3 litres.(100 oz.) of milk.
How much time will this take?
The time it takes to collect milk varies. Some mothers find that if they pump 30 to 60 mls.(1-2 ounces) each day they have enough milk collected within several weeks.
Do you provide pumps and bottles for storage?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide pumps or bottles.
How do I store the milk?
Milk can be stored in the clean food safe plastic or glass containers or milk storage bag. Baggies may not be used. Please place it in the coldest part of the freezer– usually at the back.
Can I donate if I live outside of Calgary?
If you live in Canada but outside Calgary, we are pleased to talk to you about donating although we cannot pay for the shipping of the milk.
Contact: Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank
103-10333 Southport Road SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2W 3X6
Can I donate if I live outside of Vancouver?
Please call and leave a message at 604-875-2424, local 7634. A doctors/midwives prescription is required for donors milk.
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