• We are a UK milk bank service covering the Northwest and beyond

    From April 2015 – March 2016

    – 244 donor mums donated their milk

    -2095L of milk was pasteurised, analysed and bottled

    – 1910L of donor milk was dispatched to 47 different hospitals

    (Figures updated April 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

  • We are now based in a purpose built facility at the University of Chester

    From 2014, our regional service is now located in the Food Innovation Centre at the University of Chester. This location offers impressive facilities and the potential to collaborate with scientists on selected projects to add to existing research on the benefits of donated breast milk.

    About our new location Contact Us

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 brand new Food Innovation Centre at the University of Chester.  On average we process 1500 litres of donated breastmilk each year.  Our coverage for donors and recipients of human breast milk spans from Carlisle to Cardiff.


Video tour of our new premises

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