No donation can be more divine than human milk and only a lactating mother can make this donation. So, if you are a lactating mother do come forward to make the breast milk donation at one of the milk banks in India listed in the 'Whom Can You Contact?' section below. Only your surplus milk will be taken and that too is beneficial for you because frequent expression of milk helps maintain lactation. Donor mothers need to be healthy and free from Hepatitis, HIV and VDRL.
Mothers’ milk banks feed the donated breast milk to babies whose mothers do not lactate or pre-term babies whose mothers are unable to nurse their babies. Pre-term babies would have far greater chances of survival if they are given human milk. Similar is the situation with babies who are under-weight, malnourished or orphaned at childbirth. Breast milk contains vital nutrients and immunity properties which protect baby from different diseases. It is far superior to formula feed which would be the other less-preferred option.
Breast milk is expressed or pumped by the mother herself in the comfort of her house using a sanitised pump lent by the milk bank. The expressed milk is stored in sterile containers provided by the milk bank, in the freezer at home. The milk bank collects the frozen milk and transports it safely to their premises on a regular basis. The milk is pasteurized, stored at a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius and is usable up to 6 months.
Banked breast milk has a potential to save over 1,50,000 premature babies a year in India. Every lactating mother is urged to come forward to sign-up at a milk bank, if there is one in her city.
Breast Milk Bank at Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Hospital for Children
Halls Road, Egmore, Chennai 600008
Vijaya Human Milk Bank by Vijaya Hospital
No.434, N.S.K.Salai, Vadapalani, Chennai 600026
044- 6664 6600, 6664 6664, 2480 2221, 2484 3028, 2484 3029
Human Milk Bank at Coimbatore Medical College & Hospital (CMCH)
No.1619 A, Trichy Rd, Oppo. Railway Station, Coimbatore 641018
Womens Center Donor Milk Bank
146B Mettuppalayam Road, Coimbatore 641043
0422-420 1000, 404 0202
'Vatsalya-Maatri Amrit Kosh' (National Human Milk Bank)
Lady Hardinge Medical College, C-604, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Diz Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001
High Risk Pregnancy & Newborn Care, 3-6-282, Opp. Old MLA Quarters, Hyderguda, Hyderabad 500029.
IPGMER and SSKM Hospital
244 A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata 700020
Cama & Albless Hospital
Mahapalika Marg, Opposite Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai 400001
Human Milk Bank at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (Sion Hospital)
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Sion West, Mumbai 400022
022-2407 6381, 022-2407 6382, 022-2409 2020
JJ Group of Hospitals
J J Marg, Nagpada, Mumbai Central, Off Jijabhoy Road, Mumbai 400008
022-2373 5555, 2375 4995, 2373 9400
Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai 400012.
'Amudham Thaipaal Maiyam' Human Milk Bank at JIPMER
Dhanvantri Nagar, Gorimedu, Puducherry 605006
1800-425-6565, 0413-227 1301 / 302 / 303
'Yashoda Human Milk Bank' at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Nagar Road
Near Hermes Heritage, Shastri Nagar, Nagar Road, Yerawada, Pune 411006
Human Milk Bank at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre
Erandawane, Pune 3rd Floor, Super Speciality Building, Pune 411004
Yashoda Human Milk Bank at SMIMER Hospital
Nr. Sahara Darwaja, Opp. Bombay Market, Umarwada, Surat 395010
0261-236 8040, 236 8041
Kashiben Gordhandas Patel Childrens Hospital
Pratiksha Colony, Jalaram Temple Road Main Road, Karelibaug, Vadodara 390018
0265 - 246 3906, 246 2404