In general, many blood donation centers allow breastfeeding individuals to donate plasma, as long as they meet the necessary requirements and follow certain precautions. But it's important to note that eligibility criteria may vary depending on the donation center and specific guidelines. For instance, the Red Cross1 requires that you wait six weeks after giving birth before donating blood or plasma.
Before donating, it's crucial to ensure that your breastfeeding journey is well established and your milk supply is stable. Donating plasma can temporarily lower your fluid volume, so it's essential to stay well hydrated before and after the donation to maintain your milk production.
To make an informed decision and ensure your eligibility, reach out to the donation center directly. They’ll provide you with specific guidelines and address any concerns you may have. Your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant can also offer guidance based on your individual circumstances.