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Follow the Milk

What happens to the milk once it is donated? 

Our Process: 

STEP 1: Donation

Moms donate their frozen milk.

Milk Bank donate

STEP 2: Lab Testing

A sample from each donation is sent to the lab for testing.

Milk Bank lab testing

STEP 3: Pooling

Thawed milk from multiple donors is pooled together.

Milk Bank pooling

STEP 4: Homogenization

Milk is homogenized/mixed several times to ensure fat is uniformly distributed throughout the milk.

Homogenization of Milk

STEP 5: Pouring

Milk is poured into tamper evident, BPA-free bottles.

Milk Bank Pouring

STEP 6: Pasteurizing

Bottles are heated to 62.5°C for 30 minutes to kill viruses and bacteria.

Milk Bank Pasteurizing

STEP 7: More Lab Testing

Another sample of pasteurized milk is sent to the lab for testing. This ensures the absence of potentially harmful bacteria.

Milk Bank More Lab Testing

STEP 8: Freezing

Pasteurized milk is kept at -20°C until it is dispensed to hospitals and outpatients for use.

Milk Bank Freezing

For questions about milk processing, email us at milklab@wakemed.org.