What is a milk depot?
The purpose of establishing local milk collection sites (depots) is to make communities aware of the need for donated breast milk and make the process of donating breastmilk easier for local mothers.
- A milk collection site (depot) is a facility with a tissue license that keeps a freezer for collecting milk from screened donors, and where collection containers are kept.
- The milk is shipped to the Milk Bank.
- The Mothers’ Milk Bank screens, collects, processes and dispenses donated human milk as a community service, providing pasteurized human milk to babies whose own mothers cannot supply the milk to meet their baby’s needs.
After screening, donors may drop off their breast milk at the four locations below.
Please see www.mothersmilk.org for information about how you can become a screened donor and donate your expressed breast milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bank in California. You can also reach the San Jose Milk Bank at 1.877.375.6645 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the CDC site for a flyer on proper preparation and storage of breastmilk.