Human milk donor bank bill passes House

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Youngblood, D-Phila., announced that H.B. 1001 passed the House Monday. The bill would license and regulate donor human milk banks in Pennsylvania.

“We understand that many mothers face obstacles in producing enough milk and donor milk can provide life-saving health benefits,” Youngblood said. “It’s important that we regulate these banks so that distribution is effective and milk supplies remain safe.”

The bill would call on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to license milk banks if they comply with regulations, or if they are recognized by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America or another nationally recognized accrediting organization. 

This legislation would also create licensing fees and establish prohibited practices to preclude the direct or indirect sale of human milk by entities not licensed in Pennsylvania. 

“Too often, mothers rely on milk from online and unknown sources. The Food and Drug Administration warns about the dangers of this,” Youngblood added. “I’m hopeful that this bill will help more mothers access safe breastmilk in Pennsylvania.” 

The bill, which was introduced by Youngblood and Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, had bipartisan support in the House and passed in a nearly unanimous vote.