Milk banking and COVID-19

The Milk Bank is still open. We are continuing to accept milk from approved healthy donors so we can process and distribute milk for the babies who rely on us. If you, or anyone in your household are self-isolating or quarantined due to recent travel or respiratory symptoms, we are unable to accept your donation at this time. For any new donors, click here to see our donor protocol, which outlines the necessary steps you will have to take to be approved. We will update this site with new information as we manage this COVID-19 outbreak.

We are an accredited member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), who is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please read their full statement on milk banking and COVID-19.

Numerous safeguards are in place to protect the quality and integrity of every bottle processed including strict donor screening, validated pasteurization and microbiological testing.

Donated breastmilk can help save a baby’s life

You can help save a baby’s life by donating your breastmilk to the Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank, an Ontario-wide resource for pre-term and sick hospitalized infants.

Who Benefits from Donor Milk?

Baby and mother in NICU
Donating breastmilk can help save a preterm baby’s life by dramatically reducing the rate of a serious medical complication. There are approximately 1500 low birth weight babies in Ontario a year and 70% of preterm babies in hospitals across Ontario don’t have access to a full supply of their mother’s own milk, leaving them with reduced vital nutrients and protective properties.

Be a Milk Donor

Mother and happy baby
“Becoming a milk donor could be a life altering decision for a baby who is medically fragile. It is a generous and impactful gift that we hope Ontario mothers will make.”

Dr. Sharon Unger, Medical Director, Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank.

Be a Milk Donor

A Gift from One Mother to Another

The Rogers Hixon Ontario Milk Bank is the only milk bank in Ontario to collect breastmilk from women, pasteurize it, and provide it to the most medically fragile hospitalized babies.

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