• We can supply donor milk anywhere in England and Wales

    Our aim is to make donor milk available to any baby who needs it regardless of the location of their birth. We can supply donor milk via safe, cost effective, frozen transport anywhere in England and Wales.


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  • We are a UK milk bank service supplying milk across England and Wales

    During 2016

    – donor families donated 2479 litres of milk

    – 2309 litres of milk was pasteurised, analysed and bottled

    – 1926 litres of donor milk was dispatched to 57 different hospitals and CCGs

    (Figures updated December 2016)

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  • Why use donor breastmilk?

    You can watch sections of our DVD “Using Donor Breast Milk: Parent and Professional Perspectives”  by clicking here

    Sections include: Health Benefits, Research and Evidence, Costs versus Benefit and Parent and Professional Perspectives


Donate Milk

Breast milk donors help to give premature and sick babies the best possible start in life. Find out more about becoming a donor here.

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Receive Milk

If your baby is premature or sick, your health professional may have talked to you about donor breast milk.

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Health Professionals

Donor breastmilk supports and protects breastfeeding and a recent ESPGHAN publication recommends donor human milk for premature babies when mother’s own milk is not available.

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Welcome to the Northwest Human Milk Bank

The Northwest Human Milk Bank is a joint venture between the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, established in 2014 following the amalgamation of Cheshire and North Wales Human Milk Bank and Wirral Mothers’ Milk Bank. We are based in the Food Innovation Centre at the University of Chester.  On average we process 2000 litres of donated breastmilk each year.  We can supply donor milk across England and Wales to any hospital that needs it.


Video tour of our premises

Click here to view a video tour of our purpose built premises at the University of Chester.