Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside is a milk depot.
Lactating mothers with excess breast milk can apply to become donors through the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes.
After an initial phone screening, potential donors will be sent an application. The application is reviewed and medical providers contacted.
The Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes will arrange for blood testing at no cost to donors.
The screening process takes approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.
After approval, donors will receive a donor number and can arrange to drop off milk at the closest milk depot in Illinois or Wisconsin, including Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside.
Donors must be healthy lactating women who have extra milk and want to help other babies in need. They must:
According to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, in the 2.5 years that they have been open, they have collected and dispensed almost 300,000 ounces of milk. If you’re interested in learning more about donating breast milk, please call our lactation office at (815) 971-5020.