Saturday, October 30, 2010

Donating Breastmilk

A couple weeks ago a realization hit me like a truck.

Nearly all the expressed breastmilk I have in the deep freezer is from when I was consuming wheat, dairy and soy. Or some combination of the three.

In other words, it is useless to me.

All the breastmilk in the freezer really isn't that much. Perhaps 30 ounces tops. I loathe pumping and only pumped a bit in the beginning for relief (because my milk came in so fast). I've only pumped here and there when it seemed I had an oversupply, likely from consuming too many oatmeal cookies the day before. I really had no intention of feeding Bubby pumped milk; I figured much of it would be used to thin our homemade babyfood. Still, I was disheartened when it dawned on me that we couldn't use that milk.

I'm happy that we found someone through one of my mom's groups who was looking for donated milk. While getting milk from a milk bank is a preferable solution, the reality is that it isn't a viable option for many mothers.

I'm so glad that my "problem" can become a solution for someone else.

4 comments:

  1. Great for you. I recently donated a ton of my BM to a milk bank. It's just like donating blood. Makes me happy to know that I helped a baby somewhere out there.

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  2. Wow..I'd never even heard of donating breast milk! It makes sense, though.

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  3. I've thought about doing this! But I hate pumping, and never have the need to anymore. Good for you!

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