Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank



Is an initiative supported by the Rotary Clubs of Garden City, Christchurch, Papanui and Riccarton. We are very grateful to St George’s Hospital who have given us a room for the milk bank situated on level two at St George’s Hospital.

Our aim is to work with midwives in the community to provide easily accessible donor breast milk to the mothers of babies who need a short-term gift of donor milk. We hope to ensure that all babies in need can have access to pasteurised donor milk for at least the first six weeks of life, in the hope that this will support the mother to continue to exclusively breastfeed her baby for a longer duration.


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The Rotary Milk Bank is open on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30pm to receive donor milk and to dispense it once it has been pasteurised.

Eventually we envisage the milk bank being open five days a week.

It is staffed by volunteers.

The success of the milk bank will rely on LMC midwives to spread the word!

To recruit donors and to complete the blood screening tests.

We also need midwives to volunteer to staff the milk bank.

If you are interested call the milk bank on 03 375 6281 and leave a message!

How to become a donor:

Women need to be screened for:

  • HIV 1  & 2 twice 3 months apart. If this was not done at booking it can be added to the booking bloods as they are stored for 10 months.
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HTLV 1 & 2
  • Syphilis
  • Rubella (but the one from booking is fine)

Call the milk bank on 03 375 6281 if:

  • if a woman in you care needs the gift of donor milk!
  • you have any questions about the process of becoming a donor !
  • you want to become a volunteer !

Help to fund raise for the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank! Buy a tea towel - great Christmas gift !