Donor Milk Program

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Of the thousands of babies born at Grand River Hospital each year, over 700 end up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) because they are sick or born too early (preterm). 

One of the critical factors in helping preterm babies get healthy (and go home) is breast milk. Breast milk is easier for babies to digest; coats and protects the stomach; boosts the infant’s immune system; and naturally protects against infections. Breast milk also contains critical proteins and bioactives (enzymes and hormones) necessary for a baby’s physical and mental growth. Amazingly, the amount of proteins and bioactives in a woman’s milk is higher in preterm mothers than it is in mothers who carry to term. That sounds great in theory, but sometimes the mother’s milk is not available or not enough is produced.

That’s where donor breast milk comes in. Grand River Hospital gets breast milk from the Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank. The milk comes from pre-screened donors and is pasteurized – a treatment to remove potentially harmful bacteria or viruses. While it’s not quite as effective and protective as the milk from an infant’s own mother, it’s the next best thing and preferable to formula.

The cost to Grand River Hospital is $5 per 30 mL.

In 2020, the Donor Milk Program cost $40,000.


Select your donation amount or enter a custom donation amount above.

Once you have selected your donation amount and clicked donate it will take you to a shopping cart experience. From there you can review your total and then click Complete Payment at the bottom of the screen where you will be taken to a secured payment information page.



Tax receipts are automatically sent once you have completed the payment information and checked out on the site. If you do not see an email come through with your tax receipt please check your junk or spam email folders. Email subject line is Grand River Hospital Foundation Donation Receipt if you are searching for it.

If you still cannot find it please contact please contact Jesse Borden, Fulfillment Manager & Donor Advocate at 226-750-2074 or for support. 

When donating any information entered in the Billing Address fields on the payment screen will be used to generate an automatic tax receipt. If company name is added here the tax receipt will be issued to the company.

If you donation is in honour of a friend or loved one you can email a digital e-card directly upon making a donation.

E-cards are available for donations in memory and in celebration, and each e-card allows you to customize the message being sent. In order to send the e-card you would need to know the email address of the recepient.

On the completed payment screen you will see the available e-card options or you can click on this link and send a card and message directly.

The Foundation will only notify individuals on request. You can use the cart note functionality to provide a message and full contact details.