The process begins by contacting the Human Milk Bank Association of North America (http://www.hmbana.com/), who will direct you to the closest milk bank in your area. For New York, that is Wakemed Mother’s Milk Bank, which you can reach at http://www.wakemed.com/ or by emailing Sue Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org). Wakemed is located in North Carolina.
The first step is filling out a simple questionnaire regarding your health and activities. Next, you must have your blood screened at a local laboratory. All expenses are paid by Wakemed. If the test determines that you fit the donor profile, Wakemed sends you a cooler in which you can pack your milk. You have to donate at least 200 ounces so that all the milk stays frozen during shipping. When it is ready, you can arrange for Federal Express to pick up the milk and send it overnight to North Carolina. Call Fed Ex as late in the day as possible to make extra sure that it stays frozen.
The entire process takes about two weeks, and it is well worth the effort. It feels wonderful to give such a beautiful gift to a baby who is very much in need. To date I have donated 1,263 ounces of my milk, and I am so very proud and happy to have been able to do this. Human babies need human milk … pass it on!
Mother, Baby & Wrap: sean dreilinger
Pump: Ben McLeod
Mother and Newborn: iandeth / Toshimasa Ishibashi