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    Question Pumping to donate breast milk

    Hi
    Just something I've been thinking about, and hoping someone might be able to give me some feedback. A friend of mine is unable to produce much breastmilk. She's been through lots of testing, being seen by medical specialists, breastfeeding experts, tried herbs and prescription drugs... Nothing works.

    She would like to do a sns system so shes still BFing the litttle that her body can make and supplementing either formula or, preferably, breastmilk. Our community is a long way from a milk bank but I started thinking. With our baby #2 on the way, and them TTC, I've started contemplating storing breastmilk. I haven't said anything as of yet to my friend as I don't want to disappoint if things don't work out.

    So what do I need to know before I get any further?
    Proud Wife to my Kyler 10/02/08
    Proud Mum to our Sarah 07/03/10 and Laura 02/03/12

    Btdt: CS & VBAC
    Enjoying BFing- so much better the 2nd time (thanks lll ladies!)
    I love to with my Beco butterfly 2 and enjoying
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    Default Re: Pumping to donate breast milk

    I've stored milk, and if I don't need it, then I have a friend in the same situation. She is pregnant with #3 and due in December, and she has never, despite doing everything possible, been able to make enough milk. She has IGT, and it just means she can't feed her baby.

    I stored it using basic hygeine, and I know I have a lipase problem, so I took care of that, and if my baby doesn't need it, my friend is welcome to it. So, I'd say if you want to store some milk from your friend, make sure you do it in a clean way, note any medications or anything unusual you may have done on a particular day, and make sure you don't have a lipase problem (check periodically too, as it can arise some months into storage) and start storing. I store it flat in zip lock bags in a deep freeze.

    Your friend can also look into Human Milk 4 Human Babies. They have a big network all over the world.

    Must say LLL does not endorse woman to woman sharing.

    The downside for you is when your baby arrives, you'll be nursing and pumping. If you can do it at the same time, that makes it more palatable. If you have to feed and then pump, it's exhausting. But any milk you can give her is a huge, huge gift.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Default Re: Pumping to donate breast milk

    Thanks. I'll have to read up on the lipase issue. Never heard of it before :dunno:.

    Normally I wouldn't be into sharing milk either, but being on the production end and knowing what I consume (or don't) makes me less worried about offering it to her. I had thought to maybe not pump for the first 6 weeks or so, until I've got any initial post-partum issues out of the way and then start. I'm not even sure how many ounces one needs in that situation to do sns but I'm not realistically hoping to EP for her baby as well as BF my own, just give her enough to supplement that she isn't constantly having to use formula in the sns system.
    Proud Wife to my Kyler 10/02/08
    Proud Mum to our Sarah 07/03/10 and Laura 02/03/12

    Btdt: CS & VBAC
    Enjoying BFing- so much better the 2nd time (thanks lll ladies!)
    I love to with my Beco butterfly 2 and enjoying
    Happy SAHM, & Backyard farmer (I <3 chickens! [hoping to raise sheep for my budding fibre art passion, maybe a cow for a growing cheese habit ])

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    Default Re: Pumping to donate breast milk

    It kind of depends on how much supplemental milk she needs and what your production levels are like and you'll have to play that by ear, kwim.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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