Last update: June 10, 2014

Blood donation

Low Risk for breastfeeding

Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Breastfeeding by itself is not a contraindication for blood donation.

Restrictions to donate blood by nursing mothers are intended to preserve iron levels and avoid additional nutritional stress. Indeed, it is more related to pregnancy and childbirth than to breastfeeding itself.

Various responsible agencies keep a wide range of time-exclusion criteria to become a donor after childbirth, ranging from 6 weeks required by the American Association of Blood Banks and the American Red Cross, to 12 weeks in Paraguay where a previous medical approval is required, 6 months in El Salvador and Hema-Quebec to 9 months by the Australian Red Cross and the United Kingdom Blood Transfusion Services (the latter criterion is to extend exclusion for more than one week the duration of last pregnancy). The Pan American Health Organization and the Spanish Ministry of Health completely exclude nursing mothers of blood donation. Spanish Red Cross excludes those women within 6 months after delivery.

Despite this wide variability of criteria, a consensus would be highly desired in order to avoid unnecessary exclusion of donating women mostly because the fact that women are the more frequent blood donors.


We do not have alternatives for Blood donation.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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  1. Karp JK, King KE. International variation in volunteer whole blood donor eligibility criteria. Transfusion. 2010 Abstract
  2. Misje AH, Bosnes V, Heier HE. Gender differences in presentation rates, deferrals and return behaviour among Norwegian blood donors. Vox Sang. 2010 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  3. United Kingdom Blood Transfusion Services Whole Blood and Component Donor Selection Guidelines UKBTS 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  4. Ministerio de Salud de El Salvador. Manual de promoción, capacitación y selección de donantes de sangre. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  5. Eder A, Goldman M, Rossmann S, Waxman D, Bianco C. Selection criteria to protect the blood donor in North America and Europe: past (dogma), present (evidence), and future (hemovigilance). Transfus Med Rev. 2009 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  6. Pan American Health Organization Eligibility for Blood Donation: Recommendations for Education and Selection of Prospective Blood Donors. PAHO 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  7. Dossier Nacional sobre Políticas de Donación Altruista de Sangre. Paraguay 2007 Full text (in our servers)
  8. Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo. España. Criterios básicos para la selección de donantes \ de sangre y componentes. 2006 Full text (in our servers)
  9. Newman BH. Adjusting our management of female blood donors: the key to an adequate blood supply. Transfusion. 2004 Abstract Full text (in our servers)

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