HOW TO BECOME A DONOR
WHO CAN DONATE?
Healthy, lactating women can donate milk their own babies do not need if they have access to a fridge and freezer. Donors are not remunerated.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Contact either the SABR (countrywide, but not in the Western Cape) or Milk Matters (Western Cape). The SABR has an online sign-up form, while Milk Matters will send you all relevant documentation on request.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Potential donors are required to complete a screening form and undergo an initial HIV and Hepatitis B blood test. Donors are not required to pay for this test. Donor moms will have to undergo a rapid HIV test (finger prick) every three months. A nurse from the milk bank will visit you at home to facilitate the collection of breastmilk.
HOW DO I STORE MY MILK?
If you are approved as a donor, the milk bank will provide you with sterile containers (of 250ml each) and an airtight cooler box. Fresh, raw breastmilk for donation must be kept in a fridge and must be frozen within 24 hours of being expressed. Breastmilk can be dropped off at a milk bank in your area, or collected at your home.
SABR www.sabr.org.za; 011 482 1920 Milk Matters www.milkmatters.org; 021 659 5599