|Please consult with a qualified health care provider if you have any questions about the medical conditions listed below and donating milk.|
Questions typically asked of donors:1
- Is there anything that would prevent you from donating safe and healthy breastmilk?
- Have you read the Resource for Informed Milk Sharing?
- Do you have any concerns about sharing your milk that you want to talk about?
- Have you ever tested positive for: TB, HTLV I or II, HIV I or II, Herpes Simplex, Hepatitis B or C, or Syphilis?
- Have you had close or intimate contact with anyone infected with any of the above?
- Are you or your sexual partner(s) at risk for HIV?
- Were you born in or have you ever visited any of the following countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger or Nigeria?
- Has a blood relative been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)?
- Do you have any open sores, blisters, and/or cracks on the skin?
- Would you agree to have your blood screened if requested?
- Would you agree to be tested for TB if requested?
- Have you required hospitalization or blood transfusion the last 12 months?
- Have you ever received an organ transplant?
- Have you received any vaccinations in the last 12 months?
- Do you have a history of cancer?
- Do you take any prescription medications on a regular basis, including hormone replacement?
- Do you take excessive amounts of prescription drugs?
- Do you have any general health concerns?
- Does your baby have any general health or weight gain concerns?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you consume more than 3 caffeinated beverages per day?
- Do you drink alcohol? How much and how often?
- Do you use recreational drugs? Which ones and how often?
- Do you use over-the-counter (OTC) medication? Which ones and how often?
- Do you use herbal supplements? Which ones and how often?
- Do you have silicone breast implants?
- Have you had body piercings, tattoos, accidental needle stick injuries, acupuncture, electrolysis or wear permanent make up?
- Do you take megavitamins?
- Do you know how to clean milk collection items?
- Do you know how to safely store milk?
Please read the section ‘Health Considerations’ if you have questions about any of the above.
Next section: Suggested blood tests for donors.
- Some of these questions are typically asked of donors by milk banks. Milk banks offer a big percentage of their milk to premature and sick infants. Some milk banks may also ask for clearance by a health care provider to donate milk, and for completing a form with current health information to include with shipping or delivery of milk. Donors and recipients of informed milk sharing may have different expectations than those presented here. [↩]