Travel Along With A Drop Of Milk - From Generous Donor to Baby In Need
Step 1: Milk Donation
A generous donor completes a 4-step screening process.
Step 2: Milk Arrival at NYMB
For those who live nearby, milk can be dropped off at our milk bank. Milk can also be dropped off at a milk depot or shipped overnight to us (at no cost to the donor). Upon arrival, each bag is inspected.
Step 3: Thawing
Donor milk arrives frozen and is gently thawed in our refrigerators before it’s ready to be bottled.
Step 4: Lab Prep
All equipment is washed and sanitized in our commercial dishwashers. Each lab technician carefully scrubs their hands and puts on protective garments.
Step 5: Pooling - Mixing - Pouring
The thawed milk is poured through a strainer into glass flasks. Once pooled, the milk is thoroughly mixed to promote an even distribution of nutritional components. Milk is then poured into bottles and sealed.
Step 6: Pastuerization
Filled bottles are placed into our pasteurizers. Pasteurization is a process that eliminates harmful bacteria while maintaining most of the milk's bioactive properties (the good stuff!) which support the immune systems of our recipient babies.
Step 7: Nutritional Content
Pasteurized milk is analyzed in our Miris Human Milk Analyzer for energy and protein content.
Step 8: Testing for Bacteria
A sample from each batch is sent to a lab to check for bacterial growth. Once cleared, the batch is ready for distribution.
Step 9: Ready for Distribution
Following pasteurization and testing, the bottles are frozen, placed in our inventory, and ready for distribution to hospitals and outpatient families.