Become a Breast Milk Donor

If you or anyone you know is producing more milk that your/their baby needs, 
Eisner Health accepts milk from screened donors. Eisner Health ships all frozen milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bank located in San Jose. Since the reopening of the milk bank in 2018, Eisner Health has received close to 20,000 ounces of donated breast milk. The donated breast milk received was sufficient to feed 2,500 babies with human milk for one entire day.


 

The Mothers’ Milk Bank provides processed donated breast milk to hospitals and outpatients in need. In 2023 alone, Mothers’ Milk Bank distributed over 1,000,000 ounces of breast milk. To request milk you can visit: https://mothersmilk.org/request-milk/

Who Can Donate Milk?

You can donate if you are:

  • In good general health.
  • Willing to undergo a blood test (at the milk bank’s expense).
  • Willing to donate 100 ounces of milk dated within the last 8 months.
  • Able to arrange for transportation of your milk to Eisner Health – Breast *Milk Depot LA for a drop-off site, or ship your milk to the milk bank (shipping covered).
  • A breastfeeding mother.

You cannot donate 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.
  • You consume alcohol on a daily basis.

Steps to Become a Donor

Contact the Mothers’ Milk Bank of San Jose for a phone interview/introduction, (877) 375-6645.The lactation specialist at Eisner Health can assist with the phone call, but anyone interested can call the milk bank directly.
Complete forms provided by the milk bank – Eisner Health lactation team can assist faxing the forms directly to the bank to facilitate the process.
A small blood test for screening will be arranged for you at a Quest laboratory. There is a Quest laboratory at Eisner Health, but you may go to a laboratory closer to your home.

Once the forms and lab are done and the San Jose bank has received the results, the donor is confirmed and breast milk can either be taken to
Eisner Health – Breast Milk Depot LA or shipped for free to the milk bank directly.

Eisner Health accepts breast milk from screened donors:

1500 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015


Monday–Friday

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.



Saturdays:

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact (213) 905-2273, (213) 588-0296, or email us at prenatal.ed@eisnerhealth.org.

Sponsor an Event

As an event sponsor, your company will be supporting a worthwhile nonprofit while receiving valuable marketing benefits.

Corporate sponsorships are a wonderful way to partner with Eisner Health. As an event sponsor, your organization will be supporting a worthwhile nonprofit, while also receiving valuable marketing benefits. We also have opportunities for your staff to volunteer at our events.

We currently have the following sponsorship events available:

  • Spring Fling: Health and Wellness Fair and more for patients in the San Fernando Valley.

  • National Health Center Week & Backpack Giveaways: Events at all of our sites with backpack giveaways and health education for all patients.

  • Sunset Social: Our annual fundraiser.

  • Winter Festival: Health and Wellness Fair with Toy Giveaways and more in DTLA. Community members and donors who would like to support Eisner Health patients and families during the holiday season are encouraged to participate in the toy drive.


We also have an annual sponsorship option where you can help support all four of these annual events.

For more information, please contact Leigh Stenberg at lstenberg@eisnerhealth.org, or (213) 588‑0748.

For safety and infection control reasons we are unable to accept any used or handmade items.

What Our Milk Donor Are Saying

“I became motivated to help at-risk, premature babies after a family relative had a premature baby. I feel that it is important to help families facing that situation. A mother’s breast milk saves lives because it has lots of nutrients and vitamins.”
— Evelyn
“I enjoy donating my milk! It was the best thing I could have done. I cannot think of anything else to do with my extra milk. I donated with my first and second baby. When I learned that I needed to get screened again with the second baby, I felt reassured about the safety of donor milk for infants.”
— Melinda
“Thank you for providing the space for donations. As a nurse and lactation consultant myself, I refer clients to the milk depot and wanted to experience first-hand becoming a donor. I am fortunate to be able to keep a milk supply and be able to share.”
— Alejandra