Because decades of research have established that human milk is the perfect food for infants, the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa collects, stores, and distributes human milk to those who need it.

Human milk is a fundamental right for every infant. It contains medical and nutritional advantages not found in formulas. It is packed with immune system boosters and infection-fighting factors. It also has unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and enzymes necessary for infants to survive. Human milk is nature's best - it can never be duplicated or matched.

Human milk protects premature infants against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), sepsis, and death. It is associated with improved neurodevelopmental outcomes, earlier full feedings, and other lifelong benefits.

All the donated milk collected and stored by Mother’s Milk Bank is pasteurized. After pasteurization it is tested for bacteria. Most immunologic and nutritional components of human milk remain intact after pasteurization.

The Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa is a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Become a Donor

If you would like to become a milk donor, please email Svetha Swaminathan, or call her at 319-384-9930 or toll-free at 877-891-5347.

Although we appreciate all those who desire to be milk donors, not everyone qualifies to become a donor. To see some of the standards a donor must meet, please refer to Information for Milk Donors.


Tarah Colaizy, MD, MPH explains the benefits of the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa and a donor of milk testifies about her experience while the parents of infants that needed donated milk talk about how Mother's Milk Bank helped them.