Donate Milk

How do I register as a milk donor?

We try to make the process as simple as possible for you. The first step is to complete the online screening form on this page. After a milk bank member of staff checks your eligibility to donate milk, we will contact you to discuss becoming a donor, including our expressing and storage guidelines. We will then send you a more detailed registration form by email to complete and return. After we receive this form we will send you a donor box containing everything you need to start expressing for the milk bank. You can start expressing and storing your milk straight away without your blood test results. We will also sent you everything you need to have blood samples taken by your local GP when you are ready, usually around the time you make your first donation. All donors are tested for HIV 1-2, HTLV 1-2, Hepatitis and Syphillis, you will be informed of your results with 2 weeks.

You can donate if

  • Your baby is less than 6 months old at the time you register as a donor (please note we ask donors to stop donating at 9 months)
  • You live in an area close to the milk bank or one of our depots – please contact us for more information
  • You are and remain in good health
  • You are able to commit to a minimum donation of 2 litres
  • You drink no more than 1-2 units of alcohol once or twice a week
  • Your caffeine intake is less than 200mg per day

You cannot donate if

  • Any member of your household smokes
  • You use any type of nicotine replacement therapy including patches, chewing gum or inhalators (vaping)
  • You take certain medication (acceptable replacement drugs include Thyroxine, Insulin, Ventolin and Mini Pill (Progesterone only)) Please contact us for more information
  • You have had a vaccine to prevent you contracting yellow fever in the last six months
  • You or anyone in your household have experienced Covid-19 symptoms or had a positive test in the last 10 days
  • You have recently returned from an area of the world where certain infectious diseases are present (according to national guidance)

***Please note we are unable to accept milk that has been previously expressed unless it meets strict criteria and we are unable to accept milk stored in storage bags – please contact the milk bank for full information

 Before expressing your milk

  • Please ensure  you have cleaned your breast pump in accordance with the guidelines we have emailed to you
  • Please wash your hands carefully following our hand washing guidelines

Expressing your milk

  • You can start expressing as soon as you have registered as a donor (you do not need to wait for blood test results)
  • Regular expressing ensures a good milk supply
  • Vary times of milk expression during 24 hours so the milk has a good nutrient balance
  • Stop expressing if you become unwell or develop any infections (including thrush or mastitis). Please inform the milk bank who will be able to advise how long before you can start expressing again
  • It is very important to inform us of any changes to medication, some medication may be safe when breastfeeding your own baby however you may need to stop expressing for the milk bank
  • Do not overfill bottles, please leave about 2cm gap at the top to allow for expansion

Storing your milk

  • Ensure you identify all bottles with your name and date of expression using the marker pen provided
  • Freeze milk immediately after expression
  • If possible, please dedicate freezer space for 20-30 bottles away from other foodstuffs in your freezer
  • ALL MILK MUST BE FROZEN WITHIN 24 HOURS OF EXPRESSION
  • Please check the temperature of your freezer every day and record it on the temperature sheets provided

Collecting your milk

  • Please note we are unable to collect your milk until we have received your completed Donor Record Form
  • When we have agreed a collection day we will give you an estimated collection time
  • Please let us know if anyone in your household has tested positive for or has any symptoms of Covid 19 and we will postpone the collection
  • If there is any reason you wish to cancel the arranged collection please inform us as soon as possible to avoid any wasted journeys

Thank you for your support. You can find out about how your milk will be processed and distributed here: