Friday, April 13, 2012

Milk Donation

This is what 450 ounces of breastmilk looks like:

This is not my entire stash either.  Due to a lack of freezer space (this freezer is on top of Jason's kegerator in the shop), I also have over 150 ounces at my in-laws house and then another 200 in the freezer inside our house.  Add that up?  That's 800 ounces of breastmilk. 

I am slowly running out of space to store it and I don't want to drop a pumping session yet.  Based on that, I started looking into the option of donating some milk. 

After some research, I found that in order to donate to the national organization, you can't be on any medication.  I am on Celexa but still didn't want milk to go to waste.  I called around in the city and talked to a couple of lactation clinics and they were going to spread the word to their Mom groups to see if anyone would be interested.  I stressed the fact that I was on anti-depressants and please make sure they were aware.

I also posted on HM4HB's (Human Milk for Human Babies) Facebook page for any people in the Portland area who may be interested.

Not a day later I received a call from someone who has two babies in need.  Today, I will be delivering 200 ounces of frozen breastmilk to the parents of the babies.  I can't tell you how happy this makes me to be able to help other babies in need.

I really want to keep up the donation process if my supply continues to behave.  But for now, I am thrilled to be able to share what I have.

1 comment:

  1. Wish you lived closer ... Stress took my supply away and Kate did SO much better on breast milk. I contemplated asking a friend if she wanted to hand off some of her pumped milk.