Milk for Your Baby
Does your baby need donor milk?
Mom’s own milk is almost always the ideal choice but when it’s not available, milk generously given by screened donor mothers is the next best option. Pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) may be necessary for a short time, while establishing your own milk supply, or for a longer time.
Your baby might receive donor milk because of:
- preterm birth
- failure to thrive
- malabsorption syndromes
- feeding/formula intolerance
- immunologic deficiencies
- pre- or post-operative nutrition
- infectious diseases
Is your baby eligible for donor milk?
Because we depend entirely on volunteer donors for our milk supply, we must prioritize and provide milk first to babies with a medical need. Healthy infants can obtain donor milk only when the needs of babies with the most critical needs have been met. Our executive director, in consultation with your baby’s healthcare provider, makes these decisions.
If your baby is hospitalized
Pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM),is prescribed by healthcare providers. The hospital is responsible for ordering milk for its inpatients. Talk with your healthcare provider about getting a donor milk prescription. Hospitals have different policies about who receives milk as standard of care. Please call us at 617.527.6263 ext. 4 if your hospital does not receive PDHM from MMBNE or if you need help obtaining PDHM for your baby.
If your baby is at home
Pasteurized donor human milk for the use of an outpatient baby requires a healthcare provider’s prescription. Talk with your child’s healthcare provider about the use of donor milk at home. If you and your healthcare provider agree that PDHM is necessary, please call us at 617.527.6263 ext. 4 and we will set up an account for your family. PDHM for outpatients is dependent upon stock availability. Per HMBANA guidelines, hospitalized infants are given first priority when stocks of donor milk are low.
Paying for donor milk
If your baby is at a hospital that uses PDHM, and you meet its guidelines for receiving PDHM, the milk processing fee and shipping are billed to the hospital. If a baby is not hospitalized your credit card will be charged. If your family has private insurance, we encourage you to file a claim. We are happy to work with the family, the baby’s healthcare provider and insurance company to help obtain coverage. If necessary, we can establish a payment plan.
Insurance claims take time. Until we have a written statement from the insurance company with the details of coverage, parents are expected to cover the milk processing fees. If the insurance company covers the milk fees, we are happy to reimburse whatever the family has paid.