Your breast milk
A precious gift of health
As a mother who is breastfeeding, you may want to consider milk donation for other babies in need. It is an opportunity to make a difference in the health of a premature or medically fragile infant.
Donor breast milk is an important part of medical care for at-risk infants whose own mothers cannot supply enough milk.
Our certified lactation consultants can help answer your questions about becoming a breast milk donor.
Our personnel at OHSU Family Medicine at Gabriel Park will assist you to send your precious milk to Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, where it will be processed, pasteurized and distributed to infants who will benefit from it.
Easy steps to share a gift of breast milk
1. Determine if breast milk donation is right for you by visiting www.donatemilk.org.
We are available to talk with you and answer your questions about whether milk donation is right for you.
2. Participate in a telephone screening
If you meet the qualifications of the preliminary donor screening process then call Northwest Mothers Milk Bank 503-469-0955 for a brief verbal medical history review. They will explain how to obtain additional information, consent forms, and instructions to have a blood test (The Mothers Milk Bank covers the cost of the serological screening).
3. Arrange a time to deliver your frozen breast milk
Once you get your donor identification number from the milk bank then contact OHSU Family Medicine at Gabriel Park at 503-494-9992 to make arrangements to drop off your milk. Donor drop offs must be prearranged to ensure timely shipping. Our drop off site will package and prepare the boxes necessary for transporting your breast milk to the milk bank. Our donor drop off time is Thursdays from 9:30 am to noon.
Ashleigh Mackay Aldersea was born premature and lived just 13 1/2 months. She suffered from Necrotizing Entercolitis, an injury to the intestines usually found in premature babies. Research has shown that breast milk can significantly decrease the occurrence of Necrotizing Entercolitis. To that end, the Ashleigh Mackay Memorial Fund established in memory of Ashleigh, works to positively impact the lives of preemies including support for the Doernbecher donor breast milk program.