Posts Tagged ‘breast milk’

Mini and Her Milk

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 by by

baby girl playing with toys

Mini is doing so much better with 2 weeks on only Breast Milk.  Her moods were much better since her tummy was happy. She does not seem as uncomfortable either and has gotten lots of cute baby chub. Plus her skin was much less dry and flaky.

baby sitting on a boppy pillow

Then I suddenly ran out and (more…)

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How to Donate Breastmilk

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by by

If you read this blog consistently, then you would know that I have donated breast milk before. After talking to a friend, a recent new mom, about my experience, I realized there are a lot of things to be learned about donating breast milk for those interested. In this blog post, I hope to answer a good number of questions for those interested in saving their own breast milk for others in need. I’ll neglect to mention why I donate breast milk and focus on the logistics of HOW.

First of all, let us acknowledge that there are four main ways to donate breast milk and each requires a separate process.

1. Donating to a friend/relative
2. Donating to a national milk bank
3. Donating milk to create fortifiers, Helping Hands Milk Bank
4. Donating using a third party, Human Milk for Human Babies, etc.

Donating to a Friend/Relative

The easiest and also least likely scenario (more…)

Miracles of Momma’s Milk {from a breast feeding failure}

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by by

I totally understand that not everyone is able to nurse their babies.  I did not produce enough milk for Baby Bear and had to supplement her with formula.

miracles of momma's milk
I tried everything natural and even took Domperidone, a prescription galactagogue that did increase my production but still not enough to feed the baby.  She was failure to thrive for the first month and it was really hard to deal with the fact that my body wasn’t doing what it was supposed to naturally do.  I even took a natural birthing class at Birthways LLC in Chicago and they said that it is ‘impossible’ to  not be able to breast feed and it was most likely do to mother errors, etc.  I literally tried everything and wish that they would have given different advice in the beginning so that I would have not felt inadequate.  Maybe that is why I am so obsessed with these really cool facts about breast milk (more…)

My Thought Mondays: Why I Donate Breastmilk

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by by

I have a little 6-month-old pumpkin pie. She is tall and skinny, but has little rolls of fat on her thighs. In my eyes (I’m her mom….) she is just the cutest, sweetest thing in the world.

When she was just a few weeks old and I was slightly more emotional than normal, having just given birth. I was up late feeding her and watching the TV. Some doctor show came on and in the course of the story, a premature baby died. Being a new mom, this seemed like the saddest thing in the world and all I could think was that if I could help a little, tiny, helpless infant, I would.

Now, some mother’s are very successful breastfeeding. Great for those of you that are. My little one and I did not fare so well and I ended up pumping exclusively. As time went on, it was clear that I made far more milk than my baby girl needed. I had heard that breast milk was something that could be donated and thought I might like to donate my extras, but first, I wanted to know more. I called (more…)

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The Internet Milk Market – Moms pay the bills by selling their breast milk

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 by by

If you are a breastfeeding mom, you could be making as much as $1,200 extra a month.  Internet savvy moms are turning their surplus pumped breast milk into cash.  A month’s supply of breast milk can sell for anywhere from $300 to $1,200 online.

Kamilla Vainshtok told Good Morning America how she stumbled across Onlythebreast.com, a website for buying and selling breast milk.  “I Googled breast milk for sale, milk for donation, and I came across onlythebreast.com … within the first week that of my listing, I found a family in Ohio that needed some breast milk and I shipped it out to them,” she said.

Allee Kincaid, nicknamed by her family “the dairy cow,” has about 16,000 ounces (more…)

7 things to do with Breastmilk

Friday, January 14th, 2011 by by

Because Evelyn won’t take a bottle, and because I’ve been pumping since she was three weeks old, I am finding an overabundance of frosty milk in my freezer. The milk that I pumped in our early sleep deprived newborn days is about to expire, not to mention I need room in my freezer! So I thought I’d offer these ideas for what to do with extra breastmilk. I saved the most important one as the last item on the list!

1. Use it as coffee creamer- breast milk makes wonderful cream for your coffee or tea. It hasn’t been processed, so it has all of its creamy fat (what makes cream so nice in the first place) and it is naturally sweet so you don’t really need to add extra sweetener!
2. Make french toast- for baby or for yourself, french toast made with breast milk is tres yummy. If you’re making for baby, use just the egg yolk (whites can cause allergic reactions.) I usually use two or three ounces of milk and one egg yolk per piece of bread. Lightly beat the yolk into the milk with a fork. You can add cinnamon if you wish. submerge each piece of bread into the mixture and cook in a pan over medium to low heat. Flip when the bottom is golden brown and cook until both sides are golden.
3. Do a yummy science experiment- http://teachnet.com/lessonplans/science/plastic-bag-ice-cream-recipe/ (replace the milk in the recipe with breastmilk!)
4. Become a cheese artisan- http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35778477/ns/today-foodwine/
5. Replace antibiotics- Some people claim that you can use a drop of breastmilk to treat ear infections, pink eye, and to clear stuffy nasal passages. I have had success in using it for ear infections and stuffy noses but thankfully have not had the chance to try it out on pink eye (hoping I never will!) To do this, simply us a dropper to place one or two drops of breastmilk in the infected ear, nose, or eye.
6. Get Clean- http://traditionalmidwife.com/mothersmilksoap.html
7. DONATE IT- this is the one I want to stress the most. There are babies who need breastmilk. If you are fortunate enough to be a woman that has extra milk stock piled in her freezer, please consider donating it responsibly. Find a milk bank that accepts donations near you, or visit one of the websites below.
http://milkforjayden.weebly.com/ (mostly for moms in the michigan/ohio area)
http://www.eatsonfeets.org/
http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/

Breastfeeding a Toddler

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 by by

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of life. The World Health Organization states breastfeeding should continue for the first two years. Despite this, very few women continue to breastfeed for longer than a few months.

According to the CDC, in the U.S., about 75% of babies are breastfed at birth but by 12 months of age this number drops to about 20%. By 18 months only about 6% of babies are still breastfed.

Now, I’m not here to try to convince others to breastfeed for longer than they feel comfortable with. Every mother has to do what is comfortable for her and her baby. But I would like to clear up some of the misconceptions of breastfeeding beyond a year.

First….breast-milk does not lose it’s nutritional value after a year. I have heard this many times. People have asked “Why continue beyond a year when breast-milk is no longer providing any nutrition?”

In the second year of nursing, breast-milk (more…)

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Just Call Me Bessie

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 by by

For some insane reason, I agreed to go to Las Vegas next month. In the haze of sleep deprivation that occured during the first month of Owen’s life, I thought it would be a great idea. I was wrong. My baby will only be six months old. That’s right, I am leaving my six month old baby to go party it up in Vegas with some college friends. I am a horrible mother.

Now, as the date gets closer, the sleepless nights are increasing. I am freaking out!!! And if we don’t want to lose a ton of money by changing the trip, we leave in a month.

The big issue is that I’m breastfeeding. I had planned on weaning at six months anyways, but now (more…)