Formula Shortage

Donor Milk during the Formula Shortage

Donor milk is available to families based on a priority system, focusing on the most vulnerable patients. Donor Milk is currently available for the following uses:

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Priority Family Situation How to get Donor Milk
1 Preterm or ill hospitalized infants These babies are often provided donor milk in the hospital, based on hospital guidelines.
2 Babies that are receiving prescription formula for specific health conditions:

  • Similac PM 60-40
  • Similac Alimentum
  • Enfamil Nutramigen
  • Enfamil Pregestimil
  • Nutricia Neocate
  • Other extensively hydrolyzed or amino acid-based formulas
Complete the outpatient interest form and we will contact you with the next steps in the process.
3 Babies with medical needs that continue to need donor milk at home. Contact your medical provider to discuss receiving donor milk by prescription.

To order milk, complete the outpatient interest form and we will contact you with the next steps in the process.


Families of healthy babies that need a short term emergency supply of donor milk due to formula unavailability. Find the nearest donor milk dispensary (listed below) to purchase up to 40 oz of donor milk.

If you are unable to obtain milk from a dispensary, complete the outpatient interest form to obtain milk directly from the milk bank.

Additional information for healthcare providers on the use of donor milk can be found here.

Donor Milk Dispensaries

We have over 20 locations where families can purchase up to 40 ounces of donor milk without a prescription. This is ideal for short term needs such as at hospital discharge, transitioning to work, or, in this case, a bridge to finding a new formula.

Birth Center of Chicago
3832 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613

Burr Ridge Birth Center
7000 S. County Line Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
201 W. Kenyon Rd.
Champaign, IL 61820

Family Drug of Carbondale
2300 W Main Street
Carbondale, IL 62901

Family First Women & Children’s Healthcare
2560 Hauser Ross Dr, Suite 425
Sycamore, IL 60178

Her Birth Right
1044 E. Sibley Blvd
Dolton, IL 60419

Milk Bank WGL
1699 Elmhurst Rd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

New Mother New Baby
649 Landwehr
Northbrook, IL 60062

The Nurturing Nook
Amita Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
121 N Elm Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Oswald’s Pharmacy
88 W. Gartner Road
Naperville, IL 60540

Peaceful Birthing Doula Services
201 E. Army Trail Road # 307
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Willow Pediatrics & Lactation*
1430 W. Fillmore St. #1E
Chicago, IL 60607

*Requires prescription for all orders

Hoey Apothecary
4002 Monona Drive
Madison, WI 53716

MD Custom Rx
19035 W Capitol Drive
Suite 105
Brookfield, WI 53035

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital*
835 S. Van Buren Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

Authentic Birth Center
530 N 108th Place, Suite 100
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
900 W. Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Door County Medical Center
323 S. 18th Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

*Requires prescription for all orders

Donor Milk Pricing

Using a HMBANA-accredited milk bank is the best way to ensure that your donor milk is safely screened and processed. There is a charge for pasteurized donor human milk because of the process that makes it safe—thorough screening of donors, testing, pasteurizing, and careful shipping.

Charity Care

If your baby has a prescription for donor milk and you are facing financial difficulties, you may qualify for our Charity Care Program. Complete the outpatient interest form and we will contact you with the next steps in the process.

Insurance Coverage

If you have a healthy baby at home, it is unlikely insurance will cover the cost of donor milk. We offer convenient self-pay options, including credit card payments.

For military families, TRICARE covers donor milk from HMBANA milk banks for certain conditions, when prescribed by a TRICARE-authorized provider.

Families in Illinois that care for children with significant medical needs may be eligible for insurance coverage. For more information, please review our Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet.


We are currently developing additional donor milk dispensaries throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Check here often for more donor milk dispensary locations opening in your area!

Contact us at 847-262-5134 or email if you have any questions.