Our goal is to make sure that all babies can have access to donor milk, and that more choices are available for families facing feeding challenges. As well as supporting over 50 neonatal intensive care units, the Hearts Milk Bank supports families in the community with donor milk where breastfeeding is not possible, alongside specialist lactation support where breastfeeding is taking time to establish.
Any family accessing donor milk from the HMF will need the support and oversight of a healthcare professional. This is to make sure that, where applicable the parent’s own lactation is being supported, and their health and the health of the baby is protected. Healthcare professionals could include a GP, paediatrician, community midwife, health visitor, dietitian, or IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant).
If breastfeeding is impossible, for example because of previous mastectomies, cancer treatments or medication use that is contraindicated in lactation, then contacting us early during pregnancy or as soon as possible helps to make sure that you have a plan that you are happy with, and the donor milk is there when you need it.
If you would like to discuss access to donor milk please contact us or talk to your healthcare team.
The HMB is a charity and does not accept payment directly from parents. However, we are so grateful when supporters fundraise for us to make help possible for even more families. If you’d like to support the charity you can find out more here.
Yulia was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma one month before giving birth. She was told she wouldn’t be able to breastfeed during chemotherapy so contacted the Hearts Milk Bank to access donor milk.READ YULIA'S STORY