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Milk Bank FAQ

General Information for Breast Milk Donations

Thank you for considering to donate your breast milk to the Temasek Foundation Cares - Donor Human Milk Bank programme. Below is a list of frequently asked questions for your reference.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I donate breast milk to a bank?

Breast milk is the best food for babies, providing nourishment and multiple health benefits. Donated milk can be life saving for sick and premature babies when their own mothers are not able to provide breast milk for whatever reason. Similar to blood donation, donating milk through a milk bank allows the milk to be screened for infections and ensures safe and proper handling and storage of the donated milk in a way that protects its nutritional value.

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Who should I contact if I am interested to donate?

You may contact KK Human Milk Bank via:

Phone: 6394 1986
Email: milkbank@kkh.com.sg

Or visit KK Human Milk Bank at:

KK Women’s And Children’s Hospital
100 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 229899
Level 2, Women’s Tower

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.00pm (closed for lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm)
(Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)

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Will anyone know that I have donated my breast milk?

All personal information obtained by the KK Human Milk Bank will be kept confidential and only accessible by authorised personnel in KK Human Milk Bank. All donors will be assigned a unique identifier.

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Will I be paid for the donation?

No. Milk donation is a voluntary initiative and donors will not be paid. This also ensures that milk arriving at the bank is safe and not tampered with for monetary gains. It also ensures that mothers do not deprive their own infants of their milk for monetary gain.

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Am I eligible to donate my breast milk?

The KK Human Milk Bank will not accept your milk if you:

  • Smoke
  • Use illegal drugs or other prohibited substances
  • Routinely consume more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day
  • Routinely consume 3 or more cups of coffee, tea, or other caffeine stimulant drinks per day (Including cola and stimulant soft drinks)
  • Have lived in or travelled to the UK between 1980 and 1996 for a total or cumulative period of 6 months
  • Have tested positive for HIV, Hepatitis B and C or Syphilis

If you are taking medications (including herbal remedies), you may still be eligible. Please contact KK Human Milk Bank for further enquiries.

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What are my responsibilities as a donor?

  • Declare your health status and answer all questions honestly through a questionnaire
  • Agree to have blood taken for tests (HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis)
  • Follow the instructions given on collecting, labelling, storing and transporting breast milk to KK Human Milk Bank as explained in the donor booklet
  • Inform KK Human Milk Bank if there are any changes in your health status
  • Allow personnel from KK Human Milk Bank to review your medical records and your baby’s medical records

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Do I have to pay for the blood test and bottles used for milk collection?

No. You do not have to pay for the blood tests. Storage bottles will be provided by KK Human Milk Bank.

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Will I be informed of my blood test result?

Yes. We will arrange to meet with you after your blood test results are out. If you have a positive test result for any of the screening blood tests, we will need to notify the relevant authorities in accordance with statutory requirements. You will be referred to the appropriate specialists for treatment and counseling as needed.

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Can I donate excess milk which I had expressed earlier?

You can donate milk expressed up to 3 months prior, provided it has been stored in the freezer. You will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Consent as a donor
  • Pass the general health screening via questionnaire
  • Pass the required blood tests
  • Milk was expressed when your baby was less than 1 year old

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Can I continue to donate for as long as I can?

Yes, if you fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Your baby is less than 1 year old
  • Pass a 3 monthly blood test
  • Pass a regular interview of your general health

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What happens to the milk I donate to the bank?

After ensuring that your milk has arrived in an acceptable condition, it will be:

  • Tested for any contamination with microorganisms (such as bacteria)
  • Undergo a process known as pasteurisation to destroy unwanted or disease-causing organisms
  • Frozen until it is dispensed out to a baby

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What if my donated milk is unsuitable for use? Will I get it back?

No. Your donation is an outright gift. Once donated, your breast milk will not be returned to you. If found unsuitable for donation, it will either be disposed by the milk bank or used for research.

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If I am not eligible to donate milk, does that mean I cannot breastfeed my own baby too?

In most instances you will still be able to feed your own baby. Our staff will discuss this with you at the time of counseling.

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Will I be told who receives my milk?

All personal information obtained by the KK Human Milk Bank will be kept confidential and only accessible by authorised personnel in KK Human Milk Bank. Thus, the identity of the recipient will not be disclosed to you.

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