Banked human milk

Banked human milk

Some mothers choose to provide banked human milk when they are not able to breastfeed. This is another option for feeding your baby.

Banked human milk is breastmilk donated by women who are currently breastfeeding their own babies and have an abundant milk supply. They donate their extra breastmilk to milk banks for babies who may need it.

Banked human milk is screened and tested for safety. It is pasteurized (heated to a high temperature) to remove any bacteria or germs that may be in the breastmilk. The banked human milk is then frozen for use.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. For inclusivity, this guide uses "them" and "their."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016