Scotland has one large milk bank, based in Glasgow, that collects and provides milk for premature and sick babies across the whole of the country. In Scotland, most premature babies are given donor breast milk when a new mum can't express or breastfeed. If you have an oversupply of breast milk, or your baby has finished with breastfeeding but you feel like you could carry on, your milk would be greatly appreciated at the milk bank to help give another baby the best start in life.
Thinking about donating your breast milk?
Here's what you need to know.
- You don't need to live near Glasgow to donate. The service will collect from all over Scotland – although if you live a long distance away you may be asked to store in larger volumes.
- Your milk will be tested for unwanted bacteria and pasteurised. All breast milk has bacteria in it, and in normal circumstances this is good for normal, healthy babies. However, because donated milk is used to feed pre-term or sick babies, all unwanted bacteria is removed to avoid any risk.
- You can donate milk already stored in your fridge or freezer, but the milk must be pasteurised within 90 days. Let the milk bank know as soon as possible so that it can be transported before it spoils.
- You'll need to have a blood test before you donate to make sure your milk is safe.
Visit the Milk Bank page on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website for more information.