What are the suggested blood tests for milk donors?

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Please follow the guidelines for your country/region. Donors may be asked to have lab-work repeated every 3-6 months.

Suggested blood tests:1

  • HIV I and II
  • HBV (Hepatitis B Antigen & Antibodies –if vaccinated, provide record)
  • HCV (Hepatitis C)
  • HTLV I and II
  • Syphilis

Additional screenings to consider:

  • TB (Tuberculosis –once, unless exposed, or symptomatic)
  • CMV (Cytomegalovirus –IgG and IgM)
  • WNV (West Nile Virus –IgA and IgM)

For blood screening, please visit your health care provider, or you may be able to order “breastmilk donor panels” online.

Please read the section ‘Health Considerations’ if you have questions about any of the above.

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  1. The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) excludes donors who have had a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C, or Syphilis, whose sexual partner is at risk for HIV, who use illegal drugs, who smoke or uses tobacco products, who have received an organ or tissue transplant or a blood transfusion in the last 12 month, who regularly have more than two ounces or more of alcohol per day, who have been in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months or in Europe for more than 5 years since 1980 and who were born in or has traveled to Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger, or Nigeria. The US milk bank guidelines are followed fairly closely by other countries. []

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