SB-1316: Tissue Banks: Human Milk

Session: 2015-2016
Author: Wolk
Status: Dead
AAP-CA Position: Support
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This bill would define a “human milk tissue bank” as a tissue bank that provides financial compensation to a participating mother for procuring human milk for the purpose of human consumption, and would define a “participating mother” as a woman who provides her human milk to a human milk tissue bank in exchange for financial compensation. The bill would require a human milk tissue bank to, among other things, work with lactation support groups to provide breastfeeding education and lactation support for a participating mothers, as provided. The bill would prohibit a human milk tissue bank from, among other things, procuring human milk from a mother within her first 180 days postpartum. The bill would require the department to adopt, on or before January 1, 2018, rules and regulations governing a human milk tissue bank substantially based upon the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America for safely procuring, processing, storing, and distributing human milk, and would require a human milk tissue bank to comply with the latter guidelines until the department adopts those rules and regulations. The bill would provide that a violation of its provisions is not punishable as a misdemeanor under existing law.


Download AAP Positional Letter: Letter of Support to Wolk