What is Human Milk Banking?

Breastfeeding Question: What Is Human Milk Banking?

Human milk banking is an effort that collects donated breast milk and makes it available for infants in need. The Human Milk Banking Association of North America and the National Milk Bank are two organizations that help ensure breast milk safety and quality. Primarily the goal of  human milk banking is to make quality donated breast milk available to all premature and critically-ill babies.

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America and the National Milk Bank are two of the major organizations serving North America. The share common goals of:

  • Extend the opportunity for all qualified breast milk donors across the United States by making the donor process convenient and confidential.
  • Build a network of support for breastfeeding mothers and parents of premature infants
  • Thorough screening and processing of breast milk to ensure safety and quality of donated breast milk
  • Support scientific research into the benefits of breast milk for all especially premature infants.

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