HOW TO BECOME A BREASTMILK DONOR
The Namibian Breast Milk Bank (NBMB) operates as a non-profit organization (NPO) and depends on donations.
Breastmilk donors make a free contribution of breastmilk and receive no remuneration, financial or in kind.
CAN I DONATE BREASTMILK?
- If you are a healthy breastfeeding mother nursing an infant with a surplus of breastmilk you are a good candidate to become a donor.
- You need to be in general good health and willing to undergo blood testing for HIV and Hepatitis B.
- You need to have access to a fridge and freezer and live in a hygienic environment.
- It would be beneficial if you are able to arrange for transportation of your milk to the Namibian Milk Bank.
WHY I CAN NOT DONATE BREASTMILK?
- You received a blood transfusion or blood product in the last 12 month.
- Blood test results are positive for HIV and HEP B.
- Donor status is unknown and you refuse to undergo blood testing for HIV and HEP B.
- You are a current smoker or using snuff, chewing tobacco or any nicotine replacement therapy.
- Known regular intake of more than 50ml of hard liquor or its equivalent in a 24 hour period.
- Known regular or recent use of recreational or habit forming drugs.
- You are a total vegetarian and do not supplement with Vit. B12 .
- Any part of your body had a piercing, tattoo or scaring in the last 12 month.
- History of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in the past month.
- Local breast disease such as infective or non-infective mastitis or candida.
- Regular use of medications that are contraindicated during breastfeeding
- You are undergoing chemotherapy and use of radio active drugs or cytotoxins.
- You or your sexual partner are at risk for HIV
SCREENING PROCESS AND REGISTRATION
If you are interested in donating breastmilk and you already collected a min. of 1L of breastmilk please follow the steps below:
- Download the screening questionnaire and consent form on this page.
- Return the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Schedule a screening interview
- Go for blood testing
Once the screening is done and we have feedback on your blood results you will become an approved milk donor.
You will receive a “NEW DONOR PROTOCOL” with your assigned donor number.