In 2005, The Milk Bank, formerly known as Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for Indiana’s children and decrease health care expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout Indiana and the Midwest. As a non-profit, community-supported entity, The Milk Bank is the first and only donor human milk bank in Indiana.
The Milk Bank relies on numerous partners to help fulfill its mission. Indiana Blood Center became aware of The Milk Bank's need for convenient milk depots and draw sites and therefore, a partnership was established. Indiana Blood Center has opened its doors to The Milk Bank donors, serving as an official Milk Bank milk depot and a draw site.
“The partnership with The Milk Bank perfectly aligns with Indiana Blood Center’s lifesaving mission,” said Byron Buhner, president and CEO of Indiana Blood Center. “Knowing that our broad footprint of donor centers throughout Indiana opens the opportunity for even more mothers to donate milk adds yet another point of pride in what we do.”
Indiana Blood Center locations serve as milk depots for approved Milk Bank breast milk donor mothers. The milk collected from all Indiana Blood Center donor centers is transported from the depot to the pasteurization facility at The Milk Bank on a regular basis, making the turnaround time between a donor dropping off donated milk at a depot location and distributing to a hospital more timely.
Indiana Blood Center also provides the blood screening required for potential milk donors going through The Milk Bank approval process. All Milk Bank donors go through a screening process, which includes a blood test as well as medical and lifestyle history. With this process, all approved milk donors are eligible to donate blood once they are six weeks postpartum through Indiana Blood Center.
Click here for a list of Indiana Blood Center donor centers that serve as milk deports and draw sites for The Milk Bank, along with hours of operation. Please note: only the donor centers serve as milk depots and draw sites, not fixed mobile locations or mobile drives.
For any questions regarding milk donations, click here or call The Milk Bank at 317-536-1670 or toll free at 877-829-7470.