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    Default Donating milk

    Anyone know how or where to start in order to donate milk? I am EP and I have so much in my freezer, I don't want to just throw out fresh milk so I was thinking about donating it. I don't want to decrease pumping sessions either because I am afraid once I go back to work my supply may drop a little. I am pumping between 40-50 ounces per day and my son (12weeks) at most takes 26. I don't know what to do with it!

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    Default Re: Donating milk

    I have a friend who did that and everything was sent and picked up from her house. I don't know exactly how to get set up but I believe your local LLL might know. I know some NICUs can use it...

    How are you able to pump so much a day?

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    Default Re: Donating milk

    Hi! I also EP and produce 120oz a day..my daughter (5mo)only takes 27-30oz
    I've donated over 6000oz on http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/
    I have three long-term milk recipients, and have enjoyed the process imensley

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    Default Re: Donating milk

    Basically I started exclusively pumping around 6 weeks, I also pumped a little after one week and tried to BF until 6 but he was having issue with formilk/hindmilk/ overactive letdown and he would cry and gag. So I decided just to pump. Although it is double work, my main concern is that he gets the milk. I think b/c I started pumping early and frequently my breasts never got used to a baby expelling it but rather the pump so it seems to be expressing a ton of milk. I also pumped every 2 hours for a few weeks, now every three and every 5 during the night hrs.

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    Default Re: Donating milk

    I just posted this question under Infant Feeding Questions too. I know there are a number of milk banks so I was looking to see what banks other moms reccomend. Some banks wil take milk that is up to 6 months old.
    Good luck and I think it is a great idea to donate! I hope to do so as well.
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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    Smile Re: Donating milk

    I got a few great replies to my thread:
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=14392
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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