How do Human Milk Banks work?
Most milk banks are based in Neonatal Intensive Care units in hospitals and are managed by a multidisciplinary team of medical staff. Some milk banks are based in community settings to feed vulnerable babies in the community. Healthy donor mothers are recruited from within the hospital or community and are screened for lifestyle diseases and have certain blood tests done. Milk is frozen in containers provided by the hospital and is either dropped off by the donor mothers at the bank or assigned depots or collected by volunteers. The donor milk is defrosted, pasteurised, microbiologically tested and then stored frozen until it is needed for vulnerable infants.