HOW TO BE­COME A DONOR

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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.

MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION?

SABR www.sabr.org.za; 011 482 1920 Milk Mat­ters www.milk­mat­ters.org; 021 659 5599

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