To be a breast-milk donor, you must:
* Be in good health
* Be a nonsmoker, with limited use of alcohol and caffeine
* Test negative for certain viruses
* Take no medications, with some exceptions (such as vitamins and minerals)
* Be willing to donate at least 150 ounces of milk.
* Obtain signed consent from your doctor and baby's pediatrician
To begin the screening process, potential donors should contact the Salt Lake Mother's Milk Donation Center, 801-213-8841, or the Mother's Milk Bank in Denver, 877-458-5503 or www.milkbankcolorado.org.
Once approved, a donor collects her milk at home and freezes it. She then takes it to the donation center in the Redwood Health Center, 1525 W. 2100 South, Salt Lake City.
From there, milk is shipped to the Mother's Milk Bank, where it is pooled with other donated milk and pasteurized. The process kills viruses but does not harm the milk's nutritional value or immune properties.
Donated milk is available by prescription only. The Mother's Milk Bank is one of 10 facilities that are part of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
For more information about the Salt Lake City collection center, visit http://healthcare.utah.edu/primarycare/redwood/breastmilk/index.php.