Donors

Human Milk Bank

What is the human milk?

How can be a milk donor?

You have to meet the following basic conditions to donate milk:

  • You have established breastfeeding properly.
  • You are in good health and live a healthy life style.

Donating milk is contraindicated in the following cases: 

  • Regular medication with certain medicinal products or use of drugs or other toxic substances.
  • Certain chronic or infectious diseases (human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B and C, neoplasms).
  • Smokers or people who drink alcoholic beverages.

You should also tell the Banc de Llet if during the donation period:

  • You have taken medicinal products, homoeopathic pills or vitamin supplements
  • You take some form of medicinal herbal tea, herbs or essential oils.
  • You are on some form of therapy or have undergone surgery.
  • You have been given a vaccination.
  • You suffer from an acute or infectious disease.
  • You drink coffee, other drinks with caffeine or tea.

Steps to be a donor

  1. Put you in contact with the bank of milk or address you to any fixed centre of the Banc de Sang i Teixits. It is necessary to ask previous appointment.
  2. Identify you as a donor of milk.
  3. In a medical interview, a professional of the BST will help you to answer a brief medical questionnaire and you only will sign the consent to extract you a sample of blood with the intention of descarting some illnesses.
  4. If the analytics are correct, will explain you like extracting you the milk and like preserving it until the delivery. Besides, it will provide you a breast pump and the special containers to preserve it. The milk bank will collect the milk to your domicile.

If you have any doubt or you want to more information, contacts with the:

Human Milk Bank of the Banc de Sang i Teixits
Building Dr. Frederic Duran i Jordà
Passeig Taulat, 106 - 116
08005 Barcelona
T (+34) 93 557 35 00 - bancdellet@bst.cat

Permanent blood donation centres of the Banc de Sang i Teixits (it is necessary ask for a previous appointment)

  • Barcelona. Vall d'Hebron
  • Barcelona. Clínic
  • Barcelona. Hospital de Sant Pau
  • Badalona. Germans Trias i Pujol
  • L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. Bellvitge
  • Manresa. Fundació Althaia
  • Terrassa. Mútua de Terrassa
  • Girona. Dr. Josep Trueta
  • Lleida. Arnau de Vilanova
  • Tarragona. Joan XXIII
  • Tortosa. Verge de la Cinta
  • Reus. Sant Joan

Other centers where you can ask for information (it is necessary ask for a previous appointment)

CAP Hostalets de Balenyà (ABS Centelles)
C/ Major 46
Balenyà
T. 93 889 83 21​
Second Wednesday of every month from 9 to 11 hours

Hospital de Figueres
Ronda del Rector Arolas
176000 Figueres
T 972 50 14 00
Tuesday morning

Hospital d'Olot
Av. dels Països Catalans, 86
17800 Olot
T. 972 26 18 00
Thursday from 11 to 13 

CAP de Palafrugell
C. d'Àngel Guimerà, 6
17200 Palafrugell
T 972 61 06 07
Wednesday, thursday and friday from 8 to 9.

Hospital de Campdevànol
C. Gombren, 20
17530 Campdevànol
T 629 81 03 62 (Lourdes Salgueda)
Interviews on Thursday 

Hospital del Vendrell
Carretera de Barcelona, s/n
El Vendrell
T 977 25 79 00
Monday to friday morning

Hospital Martorell
Av. Mancomunitats Comarcals, 1-3
Martorell
T 93 7740210
Call Montserrat Batlle: 93 774 20 20 (extension 154)
Interviews on Wednesday morning

Your commitment to the Bank

You can donate as much or as little milk as you wish, and you are under no obligation to donate a certain amount or for a specific period of time.

You can stop donating at any time, simply by notifying the bank.

However, it is vital that you honour your commitment to notify the human milk bank of any changes in your state of health or medication.

Human Milk Bank

The aim of the bank of human milk is to ensure the diet with maternal milk of all the premature or newborns of Catalonia that need it for medical prescription and that, for greater causes, can not be suckled by the own mother.

The bank of maternal milk is a skilled centre that carries out the functions of arousing the society on the value of the maternal milk and collect, analyse, process, do the controls of quality and distribute the maternal milk. Besides, it guarantees that the selection, the extraction, the acceptance and the processing of the milk do of an effective and certain way.

To who helps with the donation of milk?

Donated breast milk will contribute to the development of low-weight newborns (less than 1,500 grams) or those born before 32 weeks' gestation at risk of a digestive or intestinal pathology, immune deficiency or precarious health, whenever their own mother cannot breastfeed.

It is also used after surgery on the digestive system, as this milk is easier to digest and helps the intestine recover.

Its consumption reduces severe general infections and combats intestinal necrosis, the main cause of death among newborns.

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