Last year I wrote about a woman named Heidi that donated over 1,300 oz of her son, Jonah’s, milk after he passed away. I was very inspired by her story and, knowing that I have been blessed with an over abundant supply of milk, wanted to donate a few ounces myself when I was done breastfeeding my son.
Holy cow Batman. And when I say cow, I mean cow. I worked SO hard to do this…I became a little obsessed with it. I nursed for 13 solid months. Exclusively nursed- non of the supplement formula or baby gets a bottle every once in awhile business. My son wanted NOTHING but the real thing (trust me…we tried everything) and could not be fooled. I didn’t think I would get to donate as much as I wanted to. I was a little bummed but knew that every ounce would matter to a Mom and baby that needed it.
Throughout the last 6 months I have donated 4 times. The first donation was to a local baby, the second and third donations were to a baby about an hour away and the last donation was to a baby about 2 hours away. Here are a few pictures of my packaged milk being ready to donate:
I am so so SO proud of myself. I spent a lot of time pumping in the mornings and evenings for this and there is nothing more satisfying than handing over a hug bag of breast milk to a mom that wants only the best for their baby, but for whatever reason couldn’t do it herself.
So how much milk are we talking? I donated a total of 1,323.5 ounces. I meticulously labeled and counted every singe precious ounce. Over ONE THOUSAND ounces of breast milk. For an exclusively milk fed baby that is almost 40 DAYS of milk. I feel pretty rockstar about it, I’m not even going to lie. And since Jack was still being exclusively breastfed, he was very proud of his Mommy for feeding other babies too.
If you have extra breast milk (seriously, EVERY DROP counts) please consider donating it to a baby that needs it. You can do this through a milk bank but I chose to do a private donation directly to the families though a network called Human Milk 4 Human Babies. Check them out!
I’ll be doing a post later about donating/receiving etiquette and some tips I have for storing and transporting but in the mean time, I’m going to sit back with a huge smile on my face knowing I helped feed 3 babies AND my son in their first year.