At Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, we recognize the special health care needs of women throughout their lifetime. That’s why we offer comprehensive women’s health services you’ve come to expect, even if health needs emerge that you didn’t expect.
Austin Milk Bank
Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin is a non-profit organization centered on saving the lives and improve health outcomes of at-risk infants. The Milk Bank does this by collecting, processing and dispensing donor human milk, which has been shown to improve health outcomes, compared to formula, when mothers' own milk is unavailable.
Can You Donate Milk?
You may be able to donate your extra milk if you are:
- In good general health
- Willing to get a blood test (at the Milk Bank’s expense)
- Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements (with a few exceptions)
- Willing to donate at least 150 ounces of milk initially, and to continue pumping to donate as you are able
- Nursing an infant who is less than one year of age (bereaved or surrogate mothers are also eligible to donate)
- Able to arrange for transportation of your milk to a drop-off site, or in some cases to ship your milk to the Milk Bank
Research shows that human milk is the best food for human babies. Human milk is especially important for preterm and sick babies, who are at much greater risk of intestinal infections if they are fed formula. Some new moms are not able to feed their babies with their own breast milk. Pasteurized donor human milk can safely provide many of the health benefits of breastfeeding to babies with a critical need.
4 Easy Steps to Becoming a Milk Donor
- Complete a 10-15 minute phone screening by calling 512.494.0800
- Complete and return an informational packet
- Have a blood test done
- When we receive your paperwork and lab results, we’ll call you with your approval status