Milk Bank

Now accepting breast milk donations!!!

We are excited to be the first new breastmilk depot in the Chicagoland area of 2020! We are excited to partner with the Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes to provide donor milk to families in our community. Pasteurized banked donor human milk is now recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the second best form of nutrition for a premature infant, with mothers’ own milk being the gold standard.  Banked donor milk is also prescribed when baby’s mother cannot provide enough of her own milk due to low milk production, serious illness, medical treatment or medications incompatible with breastfeeding, or adoption.

The Milk Bank collects, screens, processes and distributes donated human milk. Donors are screened before milk is accepted. Once an approved donor’s frozen milk arrives at the milk bank, it is thawed, pooled with other donors and the pasteurized. After processing, the milk is tested for contamination, frozen and then stored. This milk is then primarily shipped to ordering hospitals for premature or ill babies but 20% is also made available to moms for purchase in the community- either from the milk bank directly or a partnering dispensary (coming soon to Once Upon A Lullaby!)

The Milk Bank also offers comprehensive and compassionate support for mothers when they wish to donate their stored breast milk after the unwelcome loss of their baby.

Here’s more info on the screening process

Once approved- simply contact us at 630-233-4739 or email and we will arrange a time for you to drop off your supply!