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Milk or No Milk | Breastfeeding Part II

Friday, January 1, 2016
Hi ladies, so I've really been wanting to write about this for a while because I'm becoming very passionate about it. As you read from my last breastfeeding post, the very beginning (first week or so) was kinda scary for me just because I didn't seem to produce a lot. Luckily it was because I wasn't letting her feed WHENEVER and as often as she wanted so that my milk production would come in adequately.



Well many many other mommies are not so lucky. I never knew that you could over produce (let alone not produce at all!) and by the hundreds of ounces at that but after being added to a couple mommy groups on FB, I'm seeing both worlds.

I basically wanted to shed some light on a topic that I had no idea existed or was possible. When I learned how difficult breastfeeding could be my main stress was that I wanted my baby to have the full nurishment of breastmilk and benefits it provides. Milk donations are for those moms that can't produce enough or not at all but want to give their child breastmilk instead of formula. Some babies are super sensitive and even intolerant of formula so breastmilk is the only way they don't get gassy fussy babies. Who wouldn't want their child to be happy and have good food??

Don't get me wrong, at first I thought it was kinda strange having someone else's breastmilk. It's also kind of scary because you don't know what they are putting in their bodies. Do they smoke? Are they on medication? Do they have any diseases? Did they have a margarita and then pump?? Being a mommy is super difficult at these times but I think if you are sweet enough to donate after spending hours pumping the extra, then you have to be putting the right stuff in your body. Many regular donators have an official medical statement showing they're healthy and clean from diseases too, if you request. 

That all being said, for mommies that want to donate or want/need breastmilk for your baby at any stage, there are so many groups and websites to do so. 

To name a few groups on FB that usually always have a group in your state if you look:

> Human Milk for Human Babies
> Buy, Sell and Donate Breast Milk (women only)
> Eats on Feets

Two popular websites for donation or need:

> www.nationalmilkbank.org
> www.mothersmilk.org

All in all, I have become super passionate on the subject and donated as much as I could a few times now. Right now I am trying to build a stash for a couple of preemies and a married same sex couple who will be adopting two newborns in March and want the best for them. I only over produce maybe 5-10 ounces a day depending on how much time I have to pump but I wish I could do more. Being a part of these groups and seeing pictures of so many preemies/newborns and infants in need of breastmilk breaks my heart. If Peyton stops breastfeeding sooner than expected I plan to keep pumping just to donate for as long as I can. I can't even begin to describe the feeling you get when your handing over your milk that you produced to another mom for her baby, I get teary eyed every time. Talk about "it takes a village", us mommies really have to stick together! Ending on a positive note, I hope I could help/motivate or relieve some soon to be mommy stress, there is help if you can't produce! 


Hope everyone is having an amazing start to the New Year, it's 2016!!! Ah! 
8 comments on "Milk or No Milk | Breastfeeding Part II"
  1. Love this post and love you. As you know this is a subject also very near and dear to me. I was fortunate to be over producing when Olivia was first born, but at about 2 months when I got my period again and was getting it every 10 days, my production dramatically dropped. I spent month 3-5 in a constant struggle to get my production up to keep my baby fed. At month 5 I completely stopped producing milk (devastated) my LC and doula introduced me to the concept of donor milk which I was able to sustain for 3 months. Thank you for your help along the way. Thank you for bringing awareness to this subject as it is not something that anyone seems to be familiar with, let alone understand. Peyton is so beautiful just like her mommy. Love you both lots.

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    1. Aww love you. Can't imagine...My doc says im still a 65 yr old woman inside lol. I had no idea your insides go menopausal after having a baby! I'm happy you were able to keep your baby on BM for so long, you are the reason I got into it! xo

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  2. What a selfless thing to do. I'm sure the parents you are donating to couldn't be more grateful <3

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    1. Thank you, yes it's the best part. Giving the mom a hug and telling her she's amazing for asking is the best feeling!

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  3. This is very interesting!! I didn't know you could donate your milk. Learn something new everyday!!! I think it's awesome that you're helping those in need!!!

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    1. Yes!! Thank you, I'm trying to let people know because I had no idea! Next pregnancy I'm going to try to get an oversupply right off the bat just to help more!

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  4. Wow! I am a nanny for a 5 month old and his mom works so hard to pump for him to have all the milk he needs. You are awesome to do that for other babies!!

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    1. Thank you, Pumping is a nightmare. Those to exclusively pump are saints because I would go nuts but it's very rewarding giving away what i can.

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