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February 28th, 2011, 10:15 AM
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I have been pumping a little bit extra each day and now have over 600 oz in the freezer. The main reason I did this is because I occasionally have to travel for work and I might have to leave my DD. Well, my second trip for work since she's been born is coming up at the end of March and I'll be bringing her with me. My mom is willing to go anywhere I want at any time (she's retired) to babysit as long as I pay for her ticket and meals. So, as expensive as that can get I decided I will just either do that any time I have to travel before Juliana turns 1. After 1, I probably still won't leave her but at least if I do she can have cow's milk (although of course I'd still rather she have BM). So, I'm beginning to doubt whether I'll ever need this massive stash.

What would be the best way for me to donate some of my stash? I'm only talking about maybe 100 oz every couple of months. I don't want to go through a ton of testing and for such a little amount. On the other hand, from the recipient's point of view I'd probably want to see some tests.
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February 28th, 2011, 11:31 AM
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Your stash can/will go very fast. I looked into donating but it is a lot of testing and hassle for a "small" amount (IMO
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February 28th, 2011, 12:12 PM
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Check out Eats on Feets on Facebook for your area. There are TONS of women on there looking for BM all over the country. It's free and mom-to-mom. Any testing is paid for out of pocket. So it's at the risk of the donor and recipient, but it's worth it.
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March 4th, 2011, 01:22 AM
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Hey, I just wrote about this in our PR! There's a milk bank here, I can send you the info on it.
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March 4th, 2011, 07:57 AM
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I donated through MilkShare (MilkShare online connection) Its another mom-to-mom site so no fees. Some moms are comfortable accepting donations without testing, some would like to see copies of your most recent workups
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March 4th, 2011, 09:49 AM
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I agree that your milk stash can go rather quickly once you start using it. At one point I had 1,000 oz stored when my son was younger. Then as he was drinking more from a cup at meals and nursing less my supply eventually dwindled to the point where he would only get frustrated if he tried to nurse and he gave up. But because I had it stored, he was at least still getting BM with all his meals!
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March 4th, 2011, 09:58 AM
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I agree that your milk stash can go rather quickly once you start using it. At one point I had 1,000 oz stored when my son was younger. Then as he was drinking more from a cup at meals and nursing less my supply eventually dwindled to the point where he would only get frustrated if he tried to nurse and he gave up. But because I had it stored, he was at least still getting BM with all his meals!
Yeah, I'd love to help but at this point I'm only donating the amount above 500 oz. When she's 1 or close to 1 I'm going to probably donate all but around 100-200 oz.
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