Frequently Asked Questions about the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank.
How can I become a milk donor?
We are not yet a processing milk bank. We expect to begin processing a small volume of donor milk in 2013. In the mean time, please contact one of these drop-off sites that are sending donations to another milk bank.
To become a donor, contact one of these drop-off sites:
- Portland Adventist Medical Center (SE Portland) -- 503-251-MAMA
- NWMMB Office @ Sunset Medical Plaza (SW Portland) -- 503-216-MILK
- Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (N Portland) -- 503-413-2800
- Zenana Spa & Wellness Center (SE Portland) -- 503-238-6262
- Oregon Health & Science University Bethany Clinic (Beaverton) --503-418-2000
- Providence Newberg Medical Center (Newberg) -- 503-537-1400
- Good Samaritan Medical Center (Corvallis) -- 541-768-6275
- St. Charles Health System - Bend (Central OR) -- 541-706-2900 x2641
- St. Charles Health System - Redmond (Central OR) -- 541-516-3819
- Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center (Vancouver, WA) -- 360-487-4050
- PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (Vancouver, WA) -- 360-514-4027
- Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (Everett WA) -- 425-258-7140
How can I receive donor milk for my baby?
Many Portland area NICU and Family Birth Units are prescribing donor milk for qualified babies in their care. Please inquire with your medical facility as to the availability. We are not yet a functioning milk bank and are therefore not processing or dispensing milk ourselves. You can also contact the Mothers Milk Bank of Colorado or the Mothers' Milk Bank of California directly for more information on acquiring donor milk.
How does the NWMMB feel about milk sharing?
The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank adheres to the guidelines and standards of practice of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. HMBANA's policy on milk sharing: "The practice of casual sharing of milk or procuring milk from any source other than an established donor human milk bank operating under HMBANA Guidelines, . . .has potential risks for both the recipient and the donor or her child. HMBANA does not endorse the practice of selling or purchasing human milk, human milk components or human milk by-products"