Donate Breast Milk

Baby sitting with a pile of donor milk - Donate Milk
Photo: Mira Whiting Photography

Four easy steps to donate breast milk:

  1. Complete a 15-minute phone screening.
  2. Fill out forms.
  3. Get a blood test (we pay for it).
  4. Make arrangements with us for delivery of your breast milk (at no cost to you).

Our screening usually takes 2 – 3 weeks to complete.  (We can do the screening in English, Spanish, Portuguese or Crioulo).  

You are probably eligible to donate if:

  • You are in good health.
  • You have breast milk that is truly extra, or cannot be used by your baby (bereaved and surrogate mothers are welcome to become breast milk donors).
  • Your breast milk was put in the freezer within 48 hours of being pumped.
  • You are only using medications, herbal supplements, or other supplements approved for use by milk donors. Call if you have any specific questions.
  • You are able to donate a minimum of 150 ounces (there is no minimum for bereaved donors).

You are not eligible to donate breast milk if:

  • You have or are being treated for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis.
  • You or your sexual partner is at risk for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis.
  • You have used recreational drugs in the past year, including marijuana.
  • You smoke or use tobacco products.
  • You drink alcohol daily.
  • You have spent extensive time in France, Ireland, or the United Kingdom during certain time periods, or you have received a blood transfusion in one of those countries (read this explanation or call us for details).

The generosity of potential donors reaching out is amazing!  Because of the volume, we need to get some information up front. Please fill out the prescreening form if:

  • You already have at least 150 ounces stored that is less than 6 months old
  • You have preemie milk (pumped for a baby born at less than 37 weeks gestational age)
  • Your baby is at least 8 weeks old (unless they are premature)
  • You need screening in Spanish, Portuguese or Crioulo

We will always start our screening with bereaved donors.

Ready to start? Fill out this pre-screening form:

Questions? Call us at 617-527-6263 x3 or email us. Right now call volume is high, so please allow two business days for a response.

When emailing Donor Intake, please include:

  • Your name and phone number
  • Whether you already have breast milk stored for donation
  • Any questions you have

When we speak by phone, please be prepared to tell us any medications or herbal supplements you are taking (or were taking while pumping).

More questions?  Please contact us, or check out our Milk Donor FAQs.

Generosity comes in many forms, and not everyone is able to donate milk. Please consider making a financial donation to support our mission.