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Breastmilk Banks are Back

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By Bryan Chan

November 22, 1995


You've heard of blood banks, sperm banks, and Bank of America, but milk banks???? Yes, that's right, breastmilk banks are slowly coming back and they are safer than ever.

Milk from these banks nourish premature babies. In the 1980s, the demand for bank milk fell due to the development of new formulas for premies. Worried about the possibility of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, being transmitted through a donor's milk, most of the country's milk banks shut down. And most doctors stopped prescribing donor milk even though no cases of disease being transmitted through bank milk have been documented. So if you've got some extra milk and don't know what to do with it, donate it. Do it for the good of the community, you just might save a life.



Editor's Note: Since we first published this article, dozens of you have inquired for more info on milk banks. Here are the locations of Donor Milk Banks in the US as of June 1998:

  • Mothers' Milk Bank, San Jose, CA (408) 998-4550
  • Mothers' Milk Bank, Denver, CO (303) 869-1888
  • Wilmington Mothers' Milk Bank, Wilmington, DE (302) 733-2340
  • Community Human Milk Bank, Washington, DC (202) 784-6455
  • Mothers' Milk Bank, Lexington, KY (606) 275-6502
  • Regional Milk Bank, Worcester, MA (508) 793-6005
  • Triangle Mothers' Milk Bank, Raleigh, NC (919) 250-8599
  • Lactation Support service, British Columbia Children's Hospital, 4480 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4 Canada, 604-875-2345 X7607
  • Banco de Leche, Dr. Rafael Lucio Av. Adolfo Ruiz Cortines #2903, C.P. 91020, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Edith Nava Bustos, Coordinator. 52-55-14-45-00

    For more information, contact:

      The Human Milk Banking Association of North America, Inc.
      8 Jan Sebastian Dr
      Sandwich, MA 02563
      508-888-4041 or toll-free: 888-232-8809

    If you have any additional info, that you think others would be interested -- let us know at Doctalk!






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