Information for parents

Recieving donor human milk


As an NHS service, most babies recieve human donor milk whilst receiving care in a neonatal unit. The team looking after your baby should discuss the risks and benefits of donor milk. We have a Q & A sheet which you can read and you will have an opportunity to ask any questons. If you agree to your baby receiving donor milk, you will be asked to complete a consent form. This also helps us to track which milk your baby receives for future reference.


There are some links to guidelines and research which you may find helpful when making your decision.

“… research has consistently shown that breast milk is the best nourishment for babies and that it is highly beneficial to their health in the short, medium and long term. Women are recommended to breastfeed their baby exclusively for 6 months and continue to breastfeed after 6 months as part of a balanced diet… if after discussion with experienced staff, mother is unable to express sufficient milk or does not wish to express for a baby unable to feed at the breast, donor milk can be used. Donor breast milk banks provide donor milk for babies, including pre term babies and babies with growth restriction.”