Illlinois Mom’s Guide to Donating Milk
Until the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes is up and running, you can donate your milk to our first Chicago-area milk depot at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. All donated milk will be shipped to the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank for processing. You can reach the Advocate Lutheran General milk depot at 847-723-7341 or read more by clicking here.
It is important to follow the milk collection and storage procedures described by the IMMB. We prefer that you plan to donate a minimum of 100 ounces over the course of your time as a milk donor. Exceptions to this minimum are made for bereaved mothers. We can accept milk you stored before contacting us as long as:
1. You were not ill and/or taking any non-approved medications.
2. Your frozen milk has been in a refrigerator-freezer for less than 3 months or in a stand-alone deep freeze for less than 4 months.
3. Your milk is stored in clean, food-grade containers.
After your first donation, you may donate your milk in any amount until your baby reaches 1 year of age, with blood tests repeated every 6 months. Milk storage containers are available at our milk depots when you drop off milk.