BestMilk Screening & Quality Control Process
Your baby and his safety is our first and utmost priority. BestMilk milk bank uses rigorous quality control and screening process to ensure that the immunologically vital breast milk available to your baby is pure and safe. Each time. Every time.
All our mums who share their excess breast milk via BestMilk have been personally selected through interviews and health assessment procedures. We know each and every mum we work with and they are the most giving and committed women who wish to contribute and share their precious gift with babies in need.
Before donating, each of our mums is interviewed on her lifestyle and guided through our donating process. We have strict procedures on expressing, storing and donating the breast milk that we accept. This is done for the benefit and safety of your child.
BestMilk does not accept donations from mums who are on antibiotic treatment, antidepressants, painkillers, have mastitis or are Covid-positive. With every single donation our mum makes, she signs BestMilk Terms for Donating Breast Milk where she confirms that she has followed all our health and safety procedures and other necessary requirements.
Each of our donating mums has successfully passed serological screening. The serological screening includes blood tests for HIV-I & II, Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HBC), Syphilis and HTLV (human T-lymphotropic virus).
Once breast milk is delivered to BestMilk milk bank each donation is given a unique identification number and goes on our electronic system.
After that the milk undergoes direct screening. Breast milk that has not passed our testing is disposed of. As well as our own in-house screening, we work with two partner laboratories: The PathLab Mayfair and Intertek laboratories. They are both nationally recognised experts in their fields, and are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
The milk that passes testing is then professionally pasteurised. BestMilk gentle low temperature pasteurisation process follows NHS NICE Clinical Guidelines 93 for UK milk banks and is necessary to ensure any traces of bacteria or viruses are destroyed. Gentle low temperature pasteurisation ensures safety of breast milk for the baby, while retaining its vital nutritional and immunological properties.
As well as NHS NICE Clinical Guidelines 93, BestMilk scientists operate the formal risk management and quality control procedures used by food industry HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points). This means we map the whole process, identify any risks involved at every step, and ensure that all controls and safety management are in place.
BestMilk advanced traceability system ensures absolute transparency of our process. Every single bottle you receive has a unique code that allows us to trace back the screening and donation process.
Once the breast milk is gently pasteurised it is safely delivered to you at the appropriate temperature for supreme quality and freshness.