Mélissa, mother's milk donor

What to expect?

Give hope, one bottle at a time

The decision is made! You want to donate your surplus milk to help premature babies.

Below is what you need to know about the registration process for the Public Mothers’ Milk Bank, the donor selection process and the instructions for donating mother’s milk.

Registration process

Before registering to donate milk, check that you meet the qualification criteria and read the Consent to human milk donation.


If you wish to proceed and become a milk donor, please:

·     Fill out the registration form;

·     Read the Information Guide for Donating Mother's Milk. 

Selection process

Once we have received your completed registration form, we will schedule a telephone interview during which you will be asked to answer a health questionnaire.


Note that following up on new registrations to the Public Mothers’ Milk Bank can take up to two weeks.


If you qualify based on the health questionnaire, we will ask you to provide a blood sample for testing. Sample collection is done by appointment at one of our Donor Centres:

    • GLOBULE (Place Versailles, Centre Laval, Quartier Dix30, Kirkland, Lebourgneuf and Sainte-Foy);
    • PLASMAVIE (Gatineau, Saguenay, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières).

 During this appointment, you will be given bottles in which to collect your breast milk.

On your mark, get set, give!

Once you are registered and qualified, you can start collecting your surplus milk for the Public Mothers’ Milk Bank, in compliance with hygiene measures. To become familiar with these measures, consult the Information Guide for Donating Mother's Milk.


The Guide also contains all the instructions for storing your milk and sending it to Héma-Québec.


On rare occasions, your donated milk may be used for teaching or quality control purposes. If your donation (or a portion of it) cannot be used by the Public Mothers’ Milk Bank, it may be used for research, with your consent. To learn more about the research projects currently under way to which you may contribute, consult the Contribute to research section.

Have questions? Need clarification? Want to talk directly with us? Feel free to contact us:

o   By phone at 1 800 565-6635, ext. 5253

o   By email at mothersmilk@hema-quebec.qc.ca

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