Donate Milk

To donate milk, please call 504-703-6455 and be able to provide the following information: name, address, phone number, email address, and your baby's age. Please note these additional steps:

  1. 15-minute phone interview
  2. Complete and return an information packet
  3. Blood screening (the cost is covered by the MMBL)
  4. Information is reviewed by our Director for approval

Donate Time

For information on volunteering at the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana, contact Shelley Thibeau at sthibeau@ochsner.org.

Donate Money

We change and save lives every day. Your support makes it possible. If you would like to donate to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana, contact Lauren Phipps at lauren.phipps@ochsner.org.

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Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist

Saving Lives with Human Milk

As a leader in neonatal care, obstetrics, and maternal fetal medicine, Ochsner understands the critical importance of human milk for infant growth and development that cannot be duplicated by formula. Mother’s milk is especially crucial to vulnerable premature babies and significantly decreases the odds of life-threatening complications and infections. Despite their best efforts, sometimes mothers of preterm infants are unable to provide their own milk. Pasteurized donated human milk is the next best option.

About Us

The Mothers' Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist will collect, process and provide donor human milk to premature and sick babies who need human milk to thrive. We have been accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) as the first milk bank in the state of Louisiana. We are the 24th non-profit milk bank to be established in the United States.

How to Donate Milk

The Mothers' Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist is now open and ready to serve the smallest Louisiana residents. We have a milk collection depot right here at Ochsner Baptist, where approved donors can bring their frozen breast milk. We also have depots in Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Baton Rouge, and hope to add many more across the state. Because of our generous milk donors, we will be able to provide safe donor milk to Louisiana hospitals for their tiny babies.

Donor Mom Screening

Mothers who would like to donate should contact us by filling out the form on this page. Our process involves a health screening and blood testing to ensure any donated milk is safe for tiny babies.

Supporters

We would like to thank the following supporters for assisting with the planning and development of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana:

Friends in the Community Ochsner Physicians and Employees Goldring Family Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Baptist Community Ministries

Junior League of New Orleans

  • Once screening is complete, donors will receive an ID number and will be able to conveniently drop off milk donations at one of our depots (see locations below)
  • Drive through drop off is available from 7:30am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) with the valet on the 2nd floor of the Jena garage at Ochsner Baptist
  • All milk needs to be clearly labeled with the dates and times pumped Frozen milk containers grouped into grocery bags should have an identification card in the bag. We have identification cards available at the depot or you can print at home using this file: Donor Identification Cards.
  • For questions related to the depot, please call the milk bank at 504-703-6455.

Name

Location and Contact

Drop-off Times

Ochsner Baptist Valet

2800 Jena Street, NO, LA

Jena Garage

Shelley Thibeau 504-842-2101

Mon-Fri

8:00 am-3:00 pm

Lafayette General

1214 Coolidge St.

Lafayette, LA 70503

Darlene LeBlanc 337-289-7785

Mon-Fri

8:00 am-4:30 pm

Ochsner Baton Rouge Lactation Services

17000 Medical Center Drive

Baton Rouge, LA

Lactation line (225) 755-4448

7 days a week

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Please call to schedule drop off

Birth Center of Baton Rouge

277 Rue de la Vie

Baton Rouge, LA 70817

(225) 761-1200

Mon-Fri

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Pink and Blue Avenue

4070 Nelson Road, Ste. 900

Lake Charles, LA 70605

337-477-6587

Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30

Sat 10:00-4:00

Christus St. Francis Cabrini

3330 Masonic Drive,

Alexandria, LA 71301

Rachel Juneau or Marilyn Poston 318-448-6856

Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00

Please call to schedule drop off

St. Tammany Parish Hospital

1202 South Tyler St.

Covington, LA 70443

Coming soon!!!

Ochsner St. Anne Hospital

4608 Highway 1

Raceland, LA 70394

Pam Folse 985-251-4598

7 days/week
Please call to schedule drop off

Shelley Thibeau, Director, 504-842-2101

Kadi Ledger, Donor Program Coordinator, 504-703-6455

Jessica Harbour, Milk Technician, 504-897-5826

Facebook @ mothersmilkbankoflouisiana

We have diverse team consisting of: Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Lactation consultants, NICU nurses and Community Members.

Our medical director is Harley Ginsberg, MD.

Milk Bank Director is Shelley Thibeau, PhD, RN.

Donor Program Coordinator is Kadi Ledger.

Milk Bank Milk Technician is Jessica Harbour.

PRN Milk Technicians are Paula Venables and Akira Zeringue.

Milk Bank Volunteers are Susan Ginsberg and Julie Childress.

Name

Location and Contact

Drop-off Times

Ochsner Baptist Valet

2800 Jena Street, NOLA

Jena Garage

Shelley Thibeau 504-842-2101

Mon-Fri

8:00 am-3:00 pm

Lafayette General

1214 Coolidge St

Lafayette, LA 70503

Darlene LeBlanc 337-289-7785

Mon-Fri

8:00 am-4:30 pm

Ochsner Baton Rouge Lactation Services

17000 Medical Center Drive

Baton Rouge

Lactation line (225) 755-4448

7 days a week

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Call to get directions

Birth Center of Baton Rouge

277 Rue de la Vie

Baton Rouge, LA 70817

(225) 761-1200

Mon-Fri

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Pink and Blue Avenue

4070 Nelson Road, Ste 900

Lake Charles , 70605

337-477-6587

Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30

Sat 10:00-4:00

Christus St. Francis Cabrini

3330 Masonic Drive,

Alexandria La, 71301

318-448-6856

Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00

St. Tammany Parish Hospital

1202 South Tyler St.,

Covington, La, 70443

Coming soon!!!

Ochsner St, Anne Hospital

4608 Highway 1

Raceland ,La 70394

Coming soon!!!

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