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"South Carolina Milk, for South Carolina Babies"

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Promoting the Health of South Carolina Babies by Providing Access to Safe, Pasteurized Donor Human Milk  

 

 

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With support from the South Carolina Neonatal Consortium and the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative, the Medical University of South Carolina has developed the first donor human milk bank in the state.

SC breastfeeding mothers with surplus milk supply are invited to become MMBSC milk donors to provide pasteurized milk to SC infants for whom mother’s milk supply is limited. The milk bank initially will provide milk to all SC hospitalized very low birth weight infants.

The MMBSC is approved as a developing milk bank by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. It is a non-profit milk bank housed at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Meet Our Team

Ann Harvey Shrum, Milk Bank Coordinator

Dr. Sarah Taylor, Medical Director and Neonatologist

Be a Donor!

You are LIKELY to qualify as a donor if:

  • You are generally healthy
  • You do not take medications or herbal supplements on a regular basis (with exceptions)
  • You do not smoke
  • You are willing to undergo a blood test
  • You are able to arrange for transportation of your milk to a depot (drop-off site)
  • If your milk could be delivered to a baby within one year of pump date

You are not eligible to donate milk if:

  • You have a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or C, or Syphilis
  • You or your sexual partner is at risk for HIV
  • You use illegal drugs
  • You smoke or use tobacco products including nicotine patches or nicotine gum
  • You have received an organ transplant, tissue transplant, or a blood transfusion in the last four months
  • You regularly consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day
  • Between 1980-1996, you were in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months or in Europe for more than 5 years
 

Three Easy Steps to Becoming a Milk Donor!

  1. Complete a 10-15 minute phone screening.
  2. Complete and return an informational packet; this will include a form for you and your baby’s doctor to fill out.
  3. Have a complimentary blood test done at LabCorp.

Collect, Store, and Drop Off Your Milk!

Milk Collection

We are only able to accept milk for donation that is stored in single-use bags or bottles.

  • Always wash your hands before expressing or handling your milk
  • All pump parts that come into contact with skin should be removed and cleaned on a regular basis
  • Milk should be refrigerated within 30 minutes of pumping
  • Milk can be kept in the refrigerator no more than 24 hours before being frozen. You can add expressed milk into the same bag throughout the day, as long as the bag is consistently refrigerated and then frozen within 24 hours
  • Wait a minimum 12 hours before pumping if you consumed an alcoholic beverage

Labeling the Milk

All bags should be labeled with the following:

  • Donor ID Number
  • Last Name
  • Pump Date 

Pumping Powerful Milk

As you breastfeed and the breast empties, the milk goes from being thin, lower-calorie ‘foremilk’ to thick, higher-calorie ‘hindmilk’. Although foremilk is thin, it contains critical antibodies. The hindmilk is calorie-rich and is incredibly beneficial for low birth weight babies to gain weight! Please be sure to include foremilk and hindmilk so the babies receiving the milk can grow. 

Milk Storing

  • Store milk in freezer until you are ready to donate
  • The best practice is if your donation reaches the Milk Bank freezers by 3 months after the earliest date of pumping (if milk is stored in a deep freezer within 6 months is fine). If you have milk older than 3 months, please contact the milk bank to discuss whether you should donate this milk. 
  • Remember to refrigerate or freeze your milk within 30 minutes of pumping.
  • You may refrigerate your milk for up to 24 hours before freezing
  • Check freezer temperatures regularly
  • Milk must be pumped withing the first year postpartum

Need more milk storage bags? Contact us at scmilkbank@musc.edu or 843-792-5415

Dropping Off Your Milk

To find a depot site near you, please contact us a scmilkbank@musc.edu or 843-792-5415

 

Donor Screening

Getting Your Blood Test

In order to provide the safest milk possible for preterm and critically ill babies, we require all donor moms to complete a blood test to screen for harmful viruses. The Mother’s Milk Bank of South Carolina will cover the cost of these tests. All tests will be completed at LabCorp.

The lab will test for:

  • HIV I & II
  • RPR (syphilis)
  • HTLV I & II (Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus)
  • Hepatitis B (HbsAg)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)

Before taking the blood test, please be sure to complete your initial phone screening and obtain your Donor ID number.

Find your nearest LabCorp: https://www.labcorp.com/wps/portal/findalab

 

Getting Your Blood Test

In order to complete your file and be approved for donation, we will need your completed informational packet, lab work, and health forms from your healthcare provider. The approval process can take anywhere from one to four weeks. 

 

Drop Off Depot Locations

Depot sites have been created across to the state in order to make the milk drop off process for mother’s more convenient. Please see map below for a drop off location near you. As we continue to grow we will develop more depot sites across the state. If interested in becoming a depot site please contact us at scmilkbank@musc.edu or 843-792-5415.

Beaufort County Health Department
601 Wilmington Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special instructions: Please go to the front office.
843-525-7615 or 843-521-3983

Breastfeeding Center of Greenville
525 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 100
Greenville, SC 29607
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
864-516-2800

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
1304 West Bobo Newsom Highway
Hartsville, SC 29550
Hours of operation: Seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Special instructions: Please call to schedule drop off
843-339-4369

Goose Creek Health Clinic
106 Westview Boulevard
Goose Creek, SC  29445
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special instructions: Please go to the front desk in the lobby.
843-572-3313 or 843-725-9617

McLeod Regional Hospital
555 East Cheves Street
Florence, SC 29502
Special instructions: Call to schedule drop off, ask to be transferred to MRMC Milk Depot
843-777-2000

MUSC Health Children's After Hours Care
2750 Dantzler Drive, Unit 102      
North Charleston, SC 29406
Hours of operation vary. Please call in advance.
843-876-2220

Palmetto Richland
5 Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
803-434-6961

Piedmont Medical Center
222 South Herlong Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Receives donations Monday through Saturday
Special instructions: Call to schedule a drop off
803-323-6085

Richland Health Department
2000 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Special instructions: When parking on Hampton Street or the lower parking lot, come in on the 2nd floor Health Department side and go to Medical Records.
803-576-2888 or 803-576-2940

Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant
3500 North Highway 17
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Receives donations: Monday through Friday
Special instructions: Call to schedule drop off
843-606-7343

Roper St. Francis West Ashley
2095 Henry Tecklenburg Drive
Charleston, SC 29414
Receives donations: Monday through Friday
Special instructions: Call to schedule drop off
843-402-1356 

Self-Regional Healthcare
1325 Spring Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday , 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Special instructions: Call to schedule drop off
864-725-5748

Spartanburg County Health Department
151 East Wood Street
Spartanburg, SC 29305
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special instructions: Please go to the Customer Service Desk for WIC or Public Health.
864-596-2227 or 864-200-0705

Spartanburg Regional Health Services
101 East Wood Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
864-560-6937 or 864-560-2297

Sumter County Health Department
105 North Magnolia Street
Sumter, SC 29150
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special instructions: Please go to the Receptionist’s window.
803-773-5511 or 803-983-2851

Waccamaw Community Hospital
4070 Highway 17 Bypass
Murrells Inlet, SC 29567
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
843-652-1213 or 843-652-1948 

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