Donor Milk in Your Neighborhood is the milk bank’s community-based network of Depot and Dispensaries along with its outpatient donor milk program.
STORING AND HANDLING DONOR MILK
donor milk bottles

Storing Donor Milk

Donor Milk is stored frozen until use. Frozen milk is safe to use until the expiration date listed on the bottle.

Thawing Milk

Ideally, milk should be thawed in the refrigerator overnight. If you need to rapidly defrost it, place the bottle in a bowl filled with warm water, making sure that the water does not come in contact with the lid. Do not use water that is above 98°F. Do not use a microwave to defrost milk. Gently swirl the bottle occasionally and just prior to feeding, as this will mix any fat that has separated. Pour the desired amount of thawed milk into a bottle, cup, or supplementer for feeding. Thawed milk may be warmed to feeding temperature using the same procedure of placing the container in a warm water bath. Once a feeding is completed, unused milk left in the feeding container must be discarded.

Special Notes

  • Completely thaw the bottle to allow the milk to be swirled to distribute nutrients. Do not just thaw enough to pour off a feeding.
  • Milk is safe to use up to 48 hours after it is thawed.
  • It is important to keep thawed milk refrigerated at all times.
  • Never refreeze thawed donor milk.

Things You May Notice

The appearance of milk can vary quite a bit. Some milk looks “thin” while other milk appears “thicker.” Milk can also be many different colors, from pure white to pale yellow to white with a bluish or greenish tinge. These variations are perfectly normal and do not indicate differences in quality or nutrition. Depending on your child’s previous diet, you may notice a change in his/her stools and stooling patterns. Typical breast milk stools are yellow/ golden, loose, and seedy. If you have any questions regarding changes for your child after receiving donor milk, please contact your healthcare provider.

Download our safe handling of donor milk instructions.

FINDING LACTATION SUPPORT
baby snuggled to mom

Lactation Support

Your healthcare providers and birthing facility are great places to start in finding local lactation assistance. Below, are a few resources within the milk bank’s service area along with national and online support. Having trouble finding what you need? Contact us at 412-281-4400.

Maryland

Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition
Several breastfeeding resources for both families and healthcare providers
mdbfc.org

WIC
Numerous breastfeeding support services.
health.maryland.gov/phpa/wic/Pages/breastfeeding-services.aspx


New Jersey

WIC
Various resources including IBCLCs, Peer to Peer Counselors, a helpline, and referrals to mothers groups.
nj.gov/health/fhs/wic/nutrition-breastfeeding/bf/

ZipMilk
New Jersey participates in ZipMilk, an easy to use online database of lactation providers searchable by zip code.
zipmilk.org


Pennsylvania

Healthy Start Center for Urban Breastfeeding
LAtCH (Lactation Assessment and Counseling Home Support) Program provides comprehensive breastfeeding support to support Black mothers in Allegheny County with their breastfeeding needs and questions. Our staff can provide support in-home, virtually, or by telephone triage. The support is provided 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, free of charge. The LAtCH line can be reached at 412-545-2022 and selecting option 1.
healthystartpittsburgh.org/center-for-urban-breastfeeding/

Maternity Care Coalition
Offers free monthly virtual lactation workshops and one on one lactation support (in-person and virtual) for parents in the greater Philadelphia area.
maternitycarecoalition.org

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Various resources including a referral guide.
health.pa.gov/topics/programs/Breastfeeding/Pages/Breastfeeding.aspx

Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle
Provides culturally relevant breastfeeding, parenting, and nutrition education and information is a supportive group environment.
pghblackbreastfeeding.org

WIC
Numerous breastfeeding support services for WIC participants including a helpline. Breastfeeding hotline at 1-855-4-ASK-MOM (1-855-427-5666)

ZipMilk
Pennsylvania participates in ZipMilk, an easy to use online database of lactation providers searchable by zip code.
zipmilk.org


West Virginia

West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance
Listing of regional resources.
wvbreastfeeding.org

WIC
Various resources including IBCLCs, Peer to Peer Counselors
wvdhhr.org/ons/breastfeeding.asp

ZipMilk
West Virginia participates in ZipMilk, an easy to use online database of lactation providers searchable by zip code.
zipmilk.org


National and Online

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols
Best practices for a variety of circumstances including supplementation, breastfeeding the late preterm infant, contraception and breastfeeding, hypoglycemia, and more.
bfmed.org/protocols

Infant Risk Center
One of the very best resources for questions regarding medications and breastfeeding. The phone line is staffed by a physician, Monday through Friday, Central time. infantrisk.com has an online forum with additional information.
1-806-352-2519

KellyMom
A website which provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding.
kellymom.com

La Leche League (LLL)
The organization maintains a 24-hour helpline service by calling 1-877-452-5324. This helpline provides information, education and support for women who want to breastfeed and to healthcare providers. Local chapters provide additional programming.
lllusa.org

Office on Women’s Health
Government website with various breastfeeding resources including the downloadable Your Guide to Breastfeeding. The agency also maintains the National Breastfeeding Helpline at 1-800-994-9662.
womenshealth.gov/patient-materials/resource/guides

Physician’s Guide to Breastfeeding
Evidence based guidance for families and communities.
physicianguidetobreastfeeding.org


Information About Medications and Breastfeeding

Some reliable databases to access information about medications to discuss with your healthcare team.

Infant Risk Center
A good resource for questions regarding medications and breastfeeding. The phone line is staffed by a pharmacist, Monday through Friday, Central time. infantrisk.com has an online forum with additional information.
1-806-352-2519

LactMed
A database that contains information about medications and chemicals that breastfeeding mother may be exposed to and their potential adverse effects on nursing infants. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced. A peer review panel reviews the data to assure scientific validity and currency.
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501922/

Trash the Pump and Dump
Online database of medications and lactation.
trashthepumpanddump.org

DEPOT AND DISPENSARY LOCATIONS

Locations

Depots are a handy place for pre-screened donor moms to drop off their milk.

Dispensaries, hosted by our community partners, can dispense limited amounts of donor milk for short-term use to local families.

Below, please find all our locations, including their designation as depot, dispensary or both. Pre-screened donors can drop off milk at depot locations. Donor milk can be purchased, per the qualifications, at dispensary locations. Want to know more? Contact us at info@midatlanticmilkbank.com.

Breastfeeding Resource Center

Colette M. Acker, IBCLC (she/her/hers)
1355 Old York Rd. Suite 301
Abington, PA 19001

p: 215-886-2433

e: Backup@BRC4babies.com

Depot

Excela Square at Norwin

8775 Norwin Avenue
Irwin, PA 15642

Depot

Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Center

1517 Pond Road
Allentown, PA 18104

p: 610-395-4444

e: lvbreastfeeding@gmail.com

Dispensary
Depot

Lifecycle WomanCare

918 County Line Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

p: 610-525-6086, ext. 138

e: ngraham@lifecyclewomancare.org
Email is the preferred contact method for this dispensary.

Dispensary
Depot

Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank

3127 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

p: 412-281-4400

e: info@midatlanticmilkbank.org

Lab
Dispensary
Depot

St. Luke’s Baby & Me Support Center – Bethlehem

1425 8th Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018

p: 484-526-2229

e: Tara.morrison@sluhn.org

Hours 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Depot

UPMC Altoona – Main Lobby

620 Howard Avenue
Altoona, PA 16606

Lactation services p: 814-889-2557

e: LactationConsultantsAltoona@upmc.edu

Depot

Ordering and Paying for Donor Milk At or After Discharge

Paying for Donor Milk at Discharge

If you are being discharged from the hospital and will be taking bottles of bridge milk home with you, fill out the Dispensary Order Form and pay online: Bottles are $15 each. When filling out the form it is important for you to indicate the hospital and unit that you are being discharged from.

Ordering Milk Post Discharge

Additional milk can be picked up at the milk bank or neighborhood dispensary. If a location is not nearby, milk can be shipped Monday-Thursday for arrival the following day (shipping charges will be added).

Use the following procedure to order milk to be picked up. Dispensaries have a limited amount of processed milk on hand for short term uses such as post discharge bridge milk for newborns or a starter order for outpatients who will have an ongoing need.

  1. Contact your child’s healthcare provider. It is important for your child’s healthcare provider to be aware of supplementation that your child receives. A prescription is required for use of more than (12) 100 ml bottles (total, over a recipient’s lifetime, not per order).
  2. Contact us at orders@midatlanticmilkbank.org or 412-281-4400 before completing the Dispensary Order Form.
  3. Fill out the Dispensary Order Form and pay online: Bottles are $15 each.
  4. Download a copy of your completed form. A receipt for your order with an order number and a payment receipt will also be emailed to you.
  5. Call or email the dispensary you selected to set up a pickup time. You MUST set up a pickup time with the dispensary prior to arrival.
  6. Please note, our dispensaries are generally not open in the evenings or on weekends. If you need to pick up milk on a Monday morning, please allow us some time to carefully prepare your order. Same day pickup may not be available.
  7. Bring the completed form you downloaded and a copy of your payment receipt to the dispensary location where you are picking up your order.

If your infant has a need for donor milk beyond two weeks or if the milk is being covered by insurance contact orders@midatlanticmilkbank.org for instructions on placing orders.

Additional milk can be picked up at the milk bank or neighborhood dispensary. If a location is not nearby, milk can be shipped Monday-Thursday for arrival the following day (shipping charges will be added).

Bridge Milk or Other Short Term Use

Use the following procedure to order milk to be picked up. Dispensaries have a limited amount of processed milk on hand for short term uses such as post discharge bridge milk for newborns or a starter order for outpatients who will have an ongoing need.

  1. Contact your child’s healthcare provider. It is important for your child’s healthcare provider to be aware of supplementation that your child receives. A prescription is required for use of more than (12) 100 ml bottles (total, over a recipient’s lifetime, not per order).
  2. Contact us at orders@midatlanticmilkbank.org or 412-281-4400 before completing the Dispensary Order Form.
  3. Fill out the Dispensary Order Form and pay online: Bottles are $15 each.
  4. Download a copy of your completed form. A receipt for your order with an order number and a payment receipt will also be emailed to you.
  5. Call or email the dispensary you selected to set up a pickup time. You MUST set up a pickup time with the dispensary prior to arrival. Please note, our dispensaries are generally not open in the evenings or on weekends. If you need to pick up milk on a Monday morning, please allow us some time to carefully prepare your order. Same day pickup may not be available.
  6. Bring the completed form you downloaded and a copy of your payment receipt to the dispensary location where you are picking up your order.

Ongoing Use and Medical Need

If your family requires longer term use of donor milk for a medical need please refer to our Order page. You will find more detailed instructions along with information about seeking insurance coverage.

Want to learn more? Don’t live near a dropoff site? Looking for donor milk for your baby? No problem! Contact us to get connected.