About the Donors
Currently, all donors are screened and processed through Mountain West Mothers' Milk Bank specially trained staff members. Mothers who donate human milk are healthy lactating mothers. Their lifestyle and medical history is screened. Blood sample and serum can be drawn by the health care provider or at the selected depot sites using blood sample tubes from the milk bank.
Blood and serum samples are screened for HIV I/II (AIDS), HTLV-I/II (Human T-cell leukemia-lymphoma virus, a retrovirus), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and syphilis. The screening of donors and donated milk follow the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) guidelines. Collaboration with the CDC and FDA occurred in the development of these guidelines which are similar for tissue and blood banks. The cost of having the blood shipped to the bank and the required testing is paid for by the milk bank and is required only at the initial donation of milk.