Disclaimer for use of donated breastmilk
Using screened donated breastmilk can be safe and hugely beneficial for both donors and recipient babies in the community. As an organisation it is important for us to provide as much information as we can to those involved in milk sharing through our network. Please read the following information and sign the disclaimer when you’re ready, you can save progress using the button at the bottom of the form. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
If we provide you with a local donor’s contact details, we kindly ask that you follow our 48-hour rule. This means that you have 48-hours to contact that donor to arrange to collect their milk. We prefer our wonderful donors to not be delayed, run out of freezer space or for milk to sit for too long, when we have a waiting list of desperate babies. Please let us know if you are having trouble arranging to pick up a donor’s milk, communication is key.
Please NOTE: Any shipping, packaging and ice or unavoidable travel costs (mileage @ 50c/km) will be charged to the recipient, If you are receiving donor milk from out of town, there will be a $5 shipping admin charge for you. There will also be a one off nominal handling admin fee of $10 added to all milk exchanges either local or national for each donor you recieve, to contribute towards operational costs. We require your waiver form to be signed and returned to us prior to any milk exchanging hands. This is to keep us all safe with a common agreement.
Raw frozen breast milk is the best milk option this is why we blood screen our donors. Mothers Milk NZ Trust recommends Flash Heating for pasturization of donated breast milk, should you wish to, but leaves the choice up to the individual. Please ask us for more information if you need it.
We obtain as much information as we can for you from the donor. Some of this information is in regards to medications and supplements. Please read the questionnaire and ask your health care professional if there are any medications you are concerned about. By signing this document, you are stating that you will consult with your health professional and accept milk with informed consent.
This document is not intended as medical advice. It was created as a tool for informed choice. Consult your healthcare provider, if you have questions about the safety of sharing breast milk.
Mothers Milk NZ Recipient Information v1.8
Donors are screened via regular (3 monthly) blood tests for the following blood borne viruses:
Hepatitis B ; Hepatitis C ; HIV ; CMV ; Syphilis ; HTLV 1 & 2