Prescribing Donor Milk

Nonprofit HMBANA milk banks give highest priority to hospitalized infants who are preterm or otherwise ill.  However, babies who are out of the hospital may also receive pasteurized donor human milk. Families will need a prescription from their healthcare provider. Please click on the following link to download our prescription form.

Common diagnoses that medical professionals use to prescribe outpatient donor milk include:


  • preterm birth
  • failure to thrive
  • weight loss
  • malabsorption syndromes
  • short-gut syndrome
  • renal failure
  • inborn errors of metabolism
  • cleft lip/palate
  • frenulum restriction


  • necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • colitis
  • allergies or intolerance to cow and soy milk
  • immune suppression therapy
  • pre- or post-surgical nutrition and immunological support
  • cardiac problems
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • pediatric burn patients


  • treatment for infectious diseases (intractable diarrhea, gastroenteritis, infantile botulism, sepsis, pneumonia, hemorrhagic conjunctivitis)
  • post-surgical healing (omphalocele, gastroschisis, intestinal obstruction, bowel fistula, colostomy repair)
  • immunodeficiency diseases (severe allergies, lgA deficiencies)
  • inborn errors of metabolism
  • organ transplants (including adults)
  • non-infectious intestinal disorders (ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome)
  • intrauterine drug exposure
  • hypoglycemia
  • hyperbilirubinemia


  • health complications
  • low supply
  • adoption
  • multiple gestation

Ordering donor milk for a hospital is a separate procedure. If your hospital doesn’t have a donor milk program, parents may still be allowed to bring some in. Please contact our Orders Department at 617-527-6263 x4 to inquire.