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    Default Donation?

    I don't know if this is in the right place...but here goes...

    Anyone donate their extra milk? I am pumping about 3-4 oz extra every night and have been since my son was born. My freezer stash is growing and I am starting to realize that I won't need all that extra milk. I would like to keep a bit in storage for him, but it would be better if it was a rotating amount so that the old stuff doesn't go bad.

    So I was considering signing on to be a milk donor. There seem to be a few companies out there--so does anyone have experience with one of them? Do you like the process or is it a pain? It seems like a really good thing to do.

    TIA!
    EBFing, CDing, BWing, co-sleeping mamma to Bennett (9/5/11).
    Excited to be a BM donor through Indiana Mothers Milk Bank (http://www.immb.org/).

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    There are several moms here who donate to milk banks, and I'm sure some will stop in. I tried, but a) I live in a state where it's very difficult to donate formally (MD mothers's milk is not taken by most milk banks because of MD state laws!) and b) sometimes take medications or herbs. If you use fenugreek, for example, most milk banks won't take your milk. But if you google milk bank and your state, you will find information on how and where to donate your milk. It also bugs me that the companies charge so much for the milk that a mother freely donates. That just bugs me. I know they have to pay for processing of the milk..but still...it's so expensive.

    If milk bank donation isn't an option, you can look into various mother-to mother milk sharing (not endorsed by LLL though).
    Susan
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    Good points. I did think it was a bit nuts that they charge so much for milk that is freely donated, but they pay for quite a bit out to the mothers too (in terms of doctors visits and storage bags). I guess between that and processing (and profit?) it amounts to their charge. I would hate if they were profiting much though, seems like a crappy thing to make a buck off.

    I could do milk sharing too, I have seen local requests for milk through my mommies group. Might just do that if the donation thing doesn't work out with a company.
    EBFing, CDing, BWing, co-sleeping mamma to Bennett (9/5/11).
    Excited to be a BM donor through Indiana Mothers Milk Bank (http://www.immb.org/).

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    I just read an interesting article about donating milk: http://www.breastfeedingsymbol.org/2...ad-this-first/

    After that I found one of the HMBANA sites is the Indiana mothers Milk Bank (http://www.immb.org/about-us/) and they have a dropoff here in Knoxville, TN. I already filled out their assessment, so hopefully someone contacts me.
    EBFing, CDing, BWing, co-sleeping mamma to Bennett (9/5/11).
    Excited to be a BM donor through Indiana Mothers Milk Bank (http://www.immb.org/).

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    I donated to HMBANA, they are non-profit. They do charge a lot for their milk, but it takes a lot to process the milk to make it appropriate for premies.
    Beth

    Exclusively pumped for Lance Oct 07
    Nursed until just before he turned 3 Levi Oct 09

    Do you have extra milk? Consider donating!
    http://www.hmbana.org/:

    "So I was welcomed by the consolations of human milk; but it was not my mother or my nurses who made any decision to fill their breasts, but you who through them gave me infant food, in accordance with your ordinance and the riches which are distributed deep in the natural order." -St Augustine

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    Please do look at HMBANA first and donate to a milk bank if you qualify. Although milk from milk banks is expensive, they are nonprofit and the cost comes from all they do to make sure that the milk is safe for the premature and sick babies who are the main recipients.

    A lot of moms would rather donate through one of the informal networks because it's easier, it's free for the moms and babies who are receiving the milk, and they know who their milk is going to, which makes it especially rewarding. Unfortunately, one of the results has been that many milk banks are seeing severe shortages and can't meet the need for milk for babies in NICUs, so some of the babies who need it most are going without.
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    Awesome, thanks! I filled out part of the paperwork already and I am going to get my pediatrician to sign off next week when we are at my baby's two-month checkup. I am sort of excited about it to be honest!
    EBFing, CDing, BWing, co-sleeping mamma to Bennett (9/5/11).
    Excited to be a BM donor through Indiana Mothers Milk Bank (http://www.immb.org/).

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    Yay! Two months later and I am now a donor. My part in the process was easy, I guess it was just a bit of sitting around on someone's desk that made it take so long.
    Anyway, I am happy that I will finally get my freezer space back! HA!
    EBFing, CDing, BWing, co-sleeping mamma to Bennett (9/5/11).
    Excited to be a BM donor through Indiana Mothers Milk Bank (http://www.immb.org/).

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