To provide safe pasteurized donor human breast milk to fragile babies in need across Vermont and northern New York.
Learn more about the screening process to become an approved breast milk donor. We can help facilitate your donation through the MMBNE.
Donor milk can be used as a bridge until the parents’ own milk comes in, or longer as needed. Contact your pediatrician for a prescription or get more information here.
With a prescription from you, a family can receive donor milk. Right now, milk can be picked up at the VDMC in Essex. But soon, milk delivery will also be an option.
My milk was slow to come in so we supplemented with donor milk when my daughter was born. I was devastated to learn it wasn’t available once we were discharged from the hospital. I wish a place like VDMC had existed when starting my breastfeeding journey.
The journey to bringing our son into the world was a little more challenging than expected. I had to deliver via c-section and due to some complications, I lost a significant amount of blood requiring a few transfusions. We had always planned on breastfeeding, but my body was unable to produce milk while in the hospital. We were given the option to use donor milk or formula to supplement while in the hospital, and chose to take advantage of the donor breast milk. Upon discharge, we still needed to supplement, and our treatment team let us know about the Vermont Donor Milk Center. I was not ready to lose hope on breastfeeding my child, and wanted to give my body some more time to produce milk. However, we wanted to make sure our son was getting enough food to grow and thrive, and ideally wanted to give him breastmilk. The Vermont Donor Milk Center gave us this opportunity! The process was so easy, and the staff were immediately available and supportive. After leaving the hospital we were able to pick up donor milk immediately. Our transition to home was a little easier knowing we had breastmilk to feed our baby, and as a new mom, I was thankful for the extra time to work on breastfeeding on my own.
The donor center is amazing! I highly recommend for nursing mamas in need of donor milk and or lactation support. They fit me in very quickly, we had a great appointment and I was given a lot of good information and a plan was made. The donor milk plan I made was affordable per sliding fee which was a huge concern of mine leading up to the appointment. five stars and two thumbs up – these ladies are awesome.
The newly created Vermont Donor Milk Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides pasteurized donor human breast milk to babies in need across Vermont and northern New York. Newborns and infants receive life-saving nutrition and food security for a healthy start in life from our milk dispensing site and donation drop-off location right here in the Green Mountains.
We’re honored to partner with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast (MMBNE). We buy milk from MMBNE, send our donated milk to them for processing and we are so grateful they help subsidize a portion of our need based financial assistance program.
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GROW Prenatal & Family Center
37 Lincoln Street
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452