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!
Kudos to you.. such a selfless act.. so so giving!
Did you create a strict pumping schedule for yourself? And stick to it big time?
That's great you have been able to donate so much!
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.