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May 8th, 2009, 07:04 PM
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I am interested in donating breast milk, I have ALOT of frozen milk in my deep freezer that will probably not get used by Lincoln as he still completely refuses a bottle. I have looked on milkshare.com but I can't seem to find anything for where I am here in Canada. Anyone have any advice? I don't want all this milk to go to waste.
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May 8th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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Have you tried contacting the NICU at a nearby hospital? If they don't accept it, they may know a place that does.
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May 8th, 2009, 07:08 PM
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May 8th, 2009, 10:25 PM
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I would contact local hospitals as well.
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May 8th, 2009, 10:29 PM
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I think hospitals have to go through organizations that pre-qualify the milk... A g/f of mine was donating hers to one of the milkshare companies and then found out that the company was making around 5 or 10 dollars an ounce! Make sure you research whoever you decide to donate to. Heck I would take some for emergencies if I didn't think it was such a hassle for you to ship!!
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May 11th, 2009, 11:10 AM
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Yes,if you get milk through a Hospital or a traditional milk bank you pay per Ounce of milk. The one closes to me was Dallas and it was 3 dollars an OZ plus shipping on every ounce. Now most times if your child is in the NICU you can get a script for it and your insurance MAY pay for it but not always. If you need it for a medical reason after that almost all insurance companies will not cover it so you would have to pay out of pockert.

My son reseved donated breastmilk for the first 6 months...and It did sooooooooo much good for his GI issues. His GI specialist was the one that told me it was a must. I was going to re-lactate but then I found out I was preggo. So I had some wonderful donors from milkshare.

If you can find someone to donate it to please do....you could be changing a childs life.

I wish my dad had that option when I was an infant...I may not have struggled so hard to live.
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May 11th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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I think I will contact my local hospital and try to figure something out. I really don't want to waste the milk, its liquid gold to babies!
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Some milk banks will pay to have you ship your milk to them. Have you looked for any in Canada? It wouldn't hurt to contact them and see if they want it.

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I think hospitals have to go through organizations that pre-qualify the milk... A g/f of mine was donating hers to one of the milkshare companies and then found out that the company was making around 5 or 10 dollars an ounce! Make sure you research whoever you decide to donate to. Heck I would take some for emergencies if I didn't think it was such a hassle for you to ship!!
Milk banks don't really make a profit, they charge those getting the milk what they have to pay out in order to get, store, pasturize and send out the milk. I just read about it an article, I think it was this one:
Milk Banks - Donating Breast Milk to Save Babies - Oprah.com
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May 11th, 2009, 06:58 PM
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There is one in Canada, I'm not sure how far from you, but like I said, they may be willing to have you ship it.
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May 11th, 2009, 08:24 PM
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There is one in Canada, I'm not sure how far from you, but like I said, they may be willing to have you ship it.
Thank you! I emailed them.
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May 12th, 2009, 03:53 AM
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To me it isn't that they make a profit but that it makes it impossiable for most people who need the milk to get it if your insurance won't pay for it.

Like my son would drink 5 6oz bottles a day(starting at 3 months)....so that would come to 120$ a day....you can do the math on how much that would have cost a month. It would be way more then our whole monthly income.
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