Breast Milk Donations
Give a gift that will make a difference in the health and lives of newborns across the Midwest.
Thanks to a partnership between Methodist Health System and Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa, it is now possible for women with an ample supply of breast milk to share that gift with an infant in need.
Milk donations are a wonderful way for families to provide their newborns with the very best nutrition if the mother is unable to breastfeed.
How to donate your breast milk
If you are interested in donating your breast milk, please contact the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa. Potential donors must be willing to pump and store milk according to the guidelines established by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).
Blood testing, verbal screening, as well as a detailed health survey are required to determine if you are an eligible candidate. Please note that donors must be able to donate a minimum of 200 ounces of milk.
Where To Drop Off Your Milk Donation
Once you become an approved milk donor, you can deliver milk at your convenience to one of two milk depot locations, located at Methodist Women’s Hospital and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
From here, the donated milk is taken to the milk bank in Iowa City where it is pooled, pasteurized, stored and distributed to recipients around the country. Deliveries are accepted by appointment only.