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I have about 200 ounces of breast milk in my freezer and we're embarking on a cross-country move in a couple of weeks. I'm thinking I should just donate it before we go, unless there's some reason I should transport it with us that I'm not thinking of??? I pump almost twice as much milk as he eats, plus he still nurses about 60% of the time. I've already checked to see if I qualify to donate (I do).
It would me wonderful for you to donate it! It prolly wouldn't be good in the move anyway, unless you could keep it absolutely frozen the entire time. And it sounds like you don't need it if you are saving that much up. I know plenty of mamas would be so grateful to get it!
Hmm, I am in a similar position. I have about the same amount frozen and I am not sure if I can transport it with me if I end up leaving in the fall. But I do know that in order to donate it to a breast milk bank, they'll need to test it and from what I understand, there must be a large amount of milk. On the other hand if you want to transport it, it's really expensive. You'll need to buy dry ice (which is unsafe to for the little ones). I remember with my dd when I asked my dh to send me a few bags of my frozen bm by mail, it was like fifty dollars for few bags.. Which is insane, and we ended up not taking that route anyways.
Maybe if you personally know some moms who would like to use it, then just do that. But I personally wouldn't use another mother's milk.. But I am just a paranoid person.
The good part is, we don't really need that milk (yet, at least) so we can do without it.
DD born in September 2011
Baby due in May 2013
Ok I'm gonna donate, then! I've just been throwing it in the freezer because I know it won't get used quickly and don't want it to go bad. I pump around 40 ounces a day in addition to the breastfeeding.
Alternatively, I could start a breastmilk-based food blog..?!!??
I used Human Milk 4 Human Babies on Facebook to find a mom in my area that needed milk. I met her at the mall and filled up her cooler in her trunk. I was so happy to see it leave my freezer and she was so grateful. Maybe there is a mom in need in your area that you could donate it to.
Mark's wife-- how did you decided who to give it to? Was it just first-come-first-serve? I'm seeing there are many women in the area that could use it and want to help them all! Also, can you share what made you decided to donate directly, rather than to a milk bank?
This is cool, Rhea. I hope you will help someone. Unfortunately for me it's a bit complicated, I am not allowed to donate my milk to just anyone for religious beliefs. Giving my milk to another baby will automatically make him/her my child too bc they will be having my 'blood' inside of them. Crazy I know. But back home people do it all the time, it's very common to breastfed other people babies, but again, they also become their children too ( not adopted, and don't move in with the new parents, they still live and grow 'normally' with the original parents). But on Holidays for instance, they'd visit the donor and treat her as a mom. Also they are not allowed to date or marry the donors' kids bc they become siblings too. So, bottomline, if I want to donate it, it has to be someone I know and someone I'd want to become 'my child' too.
I couldn't donate to the milk bank here because you had to be approved in advance before they would take your milk. I was going to get approved this time and just spaced it off.
I just went through the people that were looking for milk and left messages for them to contact me if they were still looking. A couple wanted documentation from my doctor and other personal information I wasn't willing to divulge. I understand their concern but I didn't want to spend the time jumping through the hoops. The mom that got it was the first to set up a meeting so all I had to do was load it up and drive it four blocks up the street.