Donating After the Loss of Your Baby

Donating After the Loss of Your Baby

The birth of your baby stimulates hormones that tell your body to make milk.  For many mothers, producing milk is an especially painful reminder of all they grieve for.  Some mothers, however, find it therapeutic to donate their milk in honor of the baby they have lost, knowing that it will help other babies in need.

Sarah Dallum

Giving my milk to help babies born too soon was healing for me.  It didn’t bring back my precious baby and it didn’t erase my pain but it helped me to have a purpose.  I gave milk in honor of my beautiful girl who wouldn’t need it, so it was a gift from the two of us to those who would live because of it.

–Michelle, Bereaved Mother

Mothers’ milk is liquid gold to babies who are fighting for their lives.  It can mean the different between life and death.

–Dr. Jeffrey Hanson, Neonatologist
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center

If you are considering donating your milk after the loss of your baby, you may contact us to discuss the different options:

  1. Donate the milk to be used by babies in need
    • Do a verbal screening over the phone with an MMB staff member (takes about 10 minutes)
    • Fill out a Medical History Form online
    • Sign a Donor Consent Form
    • Sign a Provider Form, which MMB staff will then fax to your health care provider to get signed
    • Undergo a blood test (MMB covers the cost of blood testing)
  2. Donate the milk for research
    • Only involves signing a Donor Consent Form

Mothers’ Milk Bank can take previously collected milk, so please take the time you need before undergoing the screening process.

For information and guidelines on becoming a milk donor, click here.


Do you produce milk in excess of your own baby’s needs? If so, consider donating to Mothers’ Milk Bank. Your extra milk could help babies in NICUs all over the country. Just one ounce of milk can feed a micro preemie for an entire day.



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