WHO WE ARE
Southeast Milk Share (SMS) is nonprofit, all-volunteer collaboration that facilitates milk sharing in ten counties in southeast Wisconsin. Our board and volunteers include licensed midwives, doulas, lactation consultants and other skilled breastfeeding helpers.
WHAT WE DO
Facilitation of human milk sharing consists of informed screening of donors and storage and distribution of milk, in alignment with international standards and guidelines for the safe sharing of human milk. We provide support for, foster relationships with, and are accountable to milk donors and recipients through a standardized process of:
donor health history interviews
donor blood tests for diseases that may be passed through breast milk, including HIV 1&2, HTLV 1&2, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C
24/7 response to requests for donor milk
triage of donor milk to infants up to 6 months of age
up-to-date breastfeeding information, safe pumping and milk handling &freezing guidelines and referrals as needed
support for lactation following infant loss
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT
SMS is a unique local collaboration built upon a shared-responsibility model for sustainable sharing of human milk.
SMS is not a milk bank. Milk is not pasteurized, homogenized or tested.
Instructions in home pasteurization are available to each recipient.
SMS milk is free.
SMS is not informal milk sharing. All donors are screened for a panel of blood tests recommended by the Human Milk Banking Alliance of North America. Donors also complete and sign a written health history and interview assessment with a licensed midwife.
SMS is a transparent milk sharing model. SMS may accept milk from donors using medications shown to be compatible with breastfeeding. All milk is identified and tracked, and full disclosure is made to recipients regarding maternal medications. Recipients are informed of and supported in their right to decline any particular milk.