Breast milk donation

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  1. Ebona din Casei

    Ebona din Casei Aes Sedai

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    All over the world, there are milk banks. Usually at hospitals or delivery rooms. They work kind of like blood banks, in that they give out breast milk when an infant desperately needs it. Formula is well and good, but for babies who are really premature or ill nothing beats real breast milk.

    Nursing mothers with young babies can donate breast milk to milk banks. Donations are vital to the operation of the milk banks. The mothers and the milk are tested carefully to make sure there are no diseases or other issues that could harm the sick babies.

    Have you ever donated breast milk? What was your experience? Ever considered it? Or would you consider it if you have a/another child? What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Ealandrelle Melyma

    Ealandrelle Melyma Aes Sedai Head of the Red Ajah

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    I donated breast milk to the local children's hospital milk bank after having my second child. It was all fairly straightforward to set up and then do, and it was great to know that the extra milk I produced was helping someone.
     
  3. Miridyth Al'Landerin

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    This is such a great idea!! I was only able to breast feed for a few months after birth, but I wish I could have done it more as my children ended up lactose intolerant and I had to use soy supplements. Does it cost to get the milk? NOT that I am going to ever have a natural baby again, but it is just worth noting for those who may need it.
     
  4. Lokadien Vianharl

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    I have not, for obvious reasons, but my wife donated a lot when our daughter was born. From what I remember everything was super easy, she just had to freeze it and then they sent an insulated package with dry ice for return shipping. I think totally she ended up donating over 1,000 oz and I believe she was compensated for her effort. It's been a while, so I can't remember all of the details, but if anyone is interested I can try to find out more information about the process.
     
  5. Breya Catowin

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    If I had continued to produce as much as I did while my son was in the NICU, I would absolutely have donated milk. And I wish I would have looked into getting milk for me so when I started to lose my milk.

    It's such an amazing thing that women are willing to do!
     
  6. Ty al'Djinn

    Ty al'Djinn Mod for Life Gaidin Forum Moderator

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    I honestly didn't even know this was a thing.


    That's pretty cool that they have programs for this.
     
  7. Breya Catowin

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    I think it started out with moms donating milk for babies in the hospital who didn't otherwise have it.