Your Questions Answered
Everything you need to know about donating and receiving breast milk.
Any healthy mother who has excess milk can donate. The mother must fill a consent form and a screening form which entails questions on her medical history and family history on transferrable diseases. She is also required to test for HIV, Hep B and C and Syphilis.
Reach out to our lactation consultant on 1800-219-4199. They will guide you through the process. You are required to fill forms. A starter kit is then sent to you. Once you receive the kit, start expressing milk and storing it in your freezer. A blood test is arranged for you. Once you have the desired quantity, a pick up is arranged for you at your doorstep.
The mother can donate from the convenience of her home. We provide her with a starter kit containing bottles/bags for collection and unique barcode stickers for labelling. They are also counselled by certified lactation consultants and provided with literature on maintaining hygiene, storage guidelines etc.
We arrange a home sample collection at the convenience of the donor. Save babies takes care of the cost of tests.
Once a donor collects the milk, she raises a request for a pickup. We arrange for this milk to be collected from the donor’s home
The milk is taken to our facility in Bangalore. We ensure maintenance of a cold chain throughout the transfer.
The collected milk undergoes a series of procedures which are at par with global standards set by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). The procedures ensure that the milk so delivered is free from the concerns of donor health, contamination, and expiry concerns.
This is a completely voluntary process, and a donor mother has full rights to discontinue donation whenever she wishes
We are available only in Hospital channels & strictly dispensed against a prescription from qualified medical professional.
Yes, in past there have been incidents & as a goodwill gesture we can evaluate the basis of the need
This is purely through the hospital channel
We partner with leading pharmaceutical distributors who have state of art cold chain storage facilities to ensure the product quality is not compromised across the chain.
As a goodwill gesture we offer value added services
- Lactation consultation
- Child support vouchers or option to contribute to CSR
Only excess milk is collected through voluntary donation ensuring her baby is not deprived. There could be numerous reasons for a mother to donate her excess milk:
- To modulate and manage their excess milk supply.
- To avoid risk of mastitis and breast abscess due to excess milk supply.
- To help save lives of premature and sick newborns.
- To help fellow mothers who are struggling with lactation.
- In some cases, mother whose baby has passed away, donates to help save other babies.
At Save Babies, we follow 3 steps to ensure that the donor mother’s own baby’s health is not compromised
- During the counselling and screening process, our counsellor identifies if the mother is hyper lactating or not. Save Babies only accepts milk donation from mothers who have excess milk even after breastfeeding their own baby
- Milk donation is only accepted from mothers whose babies are more than 6-8 weeks old. This allows the mother and baby to settle down post birth and establish breastfeeding.
- We also conduct regular 3rd party surveys of donor mothers to get an update on their and baby’s health and well-being.
- You can call on Save Babies Helpline 1800-419-2199 to speak to our donation counsellor who can guide you further.
- You can visit www.savebabies.in to know more about the donation process and fill up a simple form to have our donation counsellor reach out to you.
- You can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org and our donation counsellor will reach out.
- You can reach out to us on the Facebook and Instagram handles.