Got Milk? Donate your extra breastmilk!

I have personally donated about 15,000oz of breastmilk to babies in need. I have donated to an adopted baby who was premature and addicted to drugs, I donated to premature quads, and I have donated to be bunch of other babies. I am still donating now whenever I have extra milk to another member on this website.

This is a real picture of just some of the milk I donated. Consider donating your extra milk!

Got Milk? Donate your extra breastmilk!
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4Katie
03/20/14
4Katie
I had premature babies and had to pump when they are in the NICU. I was so careful to pump enough to make sure my milk came in that I ended up with over supply each time. I just tend to make plenty of milk.
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    03/20/14
    I produce extra milk and have looked into donation, though we don't have the freezer space to store it. From what I've seen, you need at least 100 oz per donation. We have a small freezer chest and we don't have the space for anything bigger than that. I have some in the freezer in case we need it down the road and that is all we have room in addition to the food for us.

    That's great you have been able to donate so much!
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    03/20/14
    4Katie
    Do direct donor donation, check out Human Milk 4 Human Babies or Eats On Feets. I refuse to donate through on actual milk bank.
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    4Katie
    Here a a couple of reasons:

    Some milk banks for for profit milk banks and some are non profit milk banks. The for profit milk banks often have some perks like giving you a breastpump but they charge the families who need the milk, on average between $5-$12 per ounce! Non profit milk banks charge for the milk as well because it cost money to run the milk bank, about $3 an ounce. As a family I know that there is no way we could afford that and I would rather donate directly to a family.

    It is so rewarding to meet the baby I am making milk for! Getting to hold the baby and watch them grow is amazing, it helps me to keep up pumping even when I get sick of it.

    Milk banks also pasteurize the milk , I understand why they do this and I think it has it's benefits but I don't think it is always necessary. Pasteurize does mess up some of the benefits too, but it is still perfectly good to use.

    Another benefit of direct donation is that I can still take medication. Milk banks will not accept milk if you took any medication because if they milk went to a preemie or sick baby the medication might cause an interaction. Even if the medication that is safe for breastfeeding they will not take it. Donating directly to a family allows them do decide if the medication I am taking is ok for their baby. Pain medication, such as what you are given after birth or antibiotics are very safe and common for a nursing mother to take but she can not donate that.

    I only donate to families who understand all the benefits and risks. I always make sure parents know how I collect and store my milk, what medication I am taking and give them a copy of my blood work.
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    03/20/14
    Thanks I will check out the sites. Does it matter how much you have each week to donate?
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    03/20/14
    4Katie
    Nope, sometimes I just donate every few months. I just donate whenever I have extra, I rarely have extra right now. Most families are happy to get whatever you can give them, no matter how little.
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      Beth
      So amazing that you have donated so much! I went on a 5 day trip away from my baby and donated all of that milk, but that's the only time I've ever donated. I absolutely despise pumping (it's actually what made me quit breastfeeding Mason), but I think it's amazing that people are able to pump and donate so much! Well done mama!!!
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        03/20/14
        4Katie
        I am not a fan of pumping either, it was a necessary evil.
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          03/20/14
          As a working mom pumping is the only way I can provide my daughter with breast milk. It is not fun and gets to be so exhausting, though I know the benefits for her so I continue.
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