As the only community-based milk bank in Canada, we are advocates for sick and fragile babies. Research shows donor human milk provides the healthiest option to newborns and premature babies who spend time in the NICU. Many sick and fragile babies depend on donor human milk for its life-saving health benefits.
Donor human milk:
For women who cannot nurse as a result of a low milk supply, necessary medication usage, illness, adoption or surrogacy, we make it possible for all at-risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies to receive human milk.
Our recipients are predominantly hospitalized babies that:
To ensure our milk goes to those with the greatest need, donor human milk is available by prescription only. Physicians, midwives and nurse practitioners can provide this prescription. Prescriptions must include:
Hospitals can call, email or fax orders for pasteurized donor human milk.
There is a dispensing fee associated with accessing donor human milk. This fee covers the cost of screening, pasteurization and third-party testing of the milk. As pasteurized donor human milk is classified as a food and not a drug, many insurance providers do not cover the cost as part of a prescription drug plan.