Family Birth Center

Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa

Covenant Medical Center is now proudly accepting human milk donations as a Milk Depot in cooperation with the University of Iowa’s Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa.

Breastfeeding women have the opportunity to become human milk donors to benefit babies across
Iowa, including our own NICU babies. Human milk is the perfect food to help nourish premature and
low weight babies.

Infants on human milk have:

  • Lower hospital admission rates
  • Fewer ear infections
  • Less rashes
  • Fewer allergies
  • Less diarrhea

Human milk is important for premature infants because it provides nutrition that cannot be matched by formulas. Human milk contains many ingredients not found in formula and is full of immune system boosters and infection-fighting factors. It also contains unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and enzymes necessary for tiny infants to survive.

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

By becoming a milk donor, you will give tiny babies the opportunity to thrive and grow. For more information about becoming a donor, visit