Save Lives: Donate Breast Milk Here!
Dar a Luz is proud to partner with the Mother's Milk Bank to become New Mexico's first and only milk depot, serving as a human milk Donation and Outreach Center. We collect frozen breastmilk from verified donors, and ship it to the Denver Milk Bank for testing, pasteurization and re-distribution to NICU hospitals.
The milk bank is a Colorado-based, nonprofit program benefiting women and babies nationwide by collecting, pasteurizing, analyzing and distributing donor human milk to nearly 160 hospitals in NM and across the United States. Women can deliver their frozen milk to Dar a Luz to have it transported safely to the milk bank, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit milk banks in the nation.
Sick and premature babies need your breastmilk donations urgently. If you would like to help, become a verified donor! Read the eligibility requirements here.
Full instructions for getting started are below, or you can start right here.
How can you become a donor?
1. Complete a 10-15 minute phone screening by calling 303-869-1888, or toll free at 833-234-0555. You may also go to the Mother's Milk Bank website here.
2. Complete and return an informational packet.
3. Have a blood test done (there's no charge for this service at Dar a Luz). Blood draws are offered weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10-noon or by appointment.
4. Drop your milk off at Dar a Luz (please make arrangements with our receptionist, Tracy, to drop off between 10 am and 1 pm on Wednesdays), or you can make individual arrangements to get your milk to the Mother's Milk Bank.
THANK YOU for making our Milk Donor program such a success!
New babies can take about an ounce per feeding. We receive thousands of ounces of milk per month. Imagine all those happy, full tummies!
Look what the local news has said about the Milk Depot at Dar a Luz!
KOAT news on April 11, 2013 (this story features our support group counselor Kimberlee)
What is a milk depot?
A depot is a health care facility that keeps a freezer for collecting milk from screened donors, where blood is drawn and where collection containers are kept. The milk is either picked up and transported by Milk Bank staff or volunteers, or shipped to the Milk Bank.
What is the Denver Mother's Milk Bank?
The Mother's Milk Bank screens, collects, processes and dispenses donated human milk as a community service, providing pasteurized human milk to babies whose own mothers cannot supply the milk to meet their baby’s needs. Their website is here.
Who does it serve?
The majority of the milk dispensed by the Mother's Milk Bank goes to babies with a medical need for it. These include but are not limited to:
Feeding intolerance (including vomiting or diarrhea)
Immune problems (constant colds, hospital visits)
Hypoglycemia or jaundice, gut priming or trophic feeds
Prevention of allergies
In addition, we believe in getting every baby off to a good start in life. If milk is available, we will fill some prescriptions for milk if a baby is newborn and healthy.
How can you help?
Become a donor or volunteer your time! Follow the steps at the top of this page to become a donor. Or donate your time and other talents! Help get the word out or help pack boxes for shipping. Contact Whitney for more information (see below).
Why donate milk?
Experts recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months and the introduction of age appropriate foods with breast milk to remain in the diet for two years and beyond. When maternal milk is inadequate or lacking particularly for high risk or premature infants pasteurized donor milk is the next best option. Donor milk banking plays an important role in meeting these recommendations.
Human milk provides life-saving nourishment for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For some premature babies, just one ounce provides a day's worth of nutrition. If you add an extra ounce each time you pump, and donate it, you can save the life of a newborn child. And, help mothers who can't produce milk for their babies. The Mother's Milk Bank relies on the goodness of donations from nursing mothers. So please consider donating. It's a small way to make a huge impact.
For more information, contact us by text, email or phone.
Are you looking for donated milk to feed to a baby in need? Have you got milk to share that can't be sent to our milk bank?
Check out Human Milk for Human Babies NM on Facebook. Post your need or offer on the page and find a milky match fast!