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    Quote Originally Posted by gelacesco View Post
    I've heard bad things about some donation places... using the milk in research studies and some weird sketchy stories... mostly through milkshare. I wasn't able to find a good match to donate my milk to directly.
    Prolacta is the milk bank that takes a portion of the milk they recieve to do research on. They are a for profit company. HMBANA is not. It's totally non-profit.

    Milkshare is an open milk donation system. The milk is basicly shared mother-to-mother vs being sent to a milk bank where it is tested, batched, pasteurized, and tested again before making it's way to babies (and even adults!) in dire need of human milk.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayamom View Post
    I wasn't sure how much milk it was safe/OK to donate per day. Anyone have any advice on how they donated lots of milk quickly? How do we know how much we can safely give w/o taking from our own babies? How did you do it? What kind of pump, how many times per day etc. ANY advice would help!
    Your baby comes first. You may find that adding just one or two pumping sessions per day is enough to regularly send to the milk bank.

    Mothers who are able to pump A LOT of milk to send often are dealing with overproduction issues (meaning they are making milk well in excess of their baby's needs). Most mothers would not be able to send an extra 100 ounces of milk per week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley and Bradley's Mom View Post
    I just completed the online questionnaire thru Prolacta. I should be getting a call from them within a week. I would also like to hear other experiences.
    Quote Originally Posted by brandila View Post
    I highly suggest going with hmbana rather than the national milk bank/prolacta. Prolacta is one of those that does some shady stuff with the milk, and the do actually make a huge profit from the donated milk. Not sure about milkshare, as I've no experience with them.

    Exactly. Here's a post I recently wrote on this topic:

    Quote Originally Posted by home executive View Post
    2006 Union-Tribune article on Prolacta Bioscience:
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/n...z1n12milk.html
    Prolacta's site:
    http://www.prolacta.com/
    A blog with lots of great information about Prolacta and donating milk in general:
    http://www.breastfeedingsymbol.org/category/prolacta/


    Information on donating to the HMBNA:
    http://www.hmbana.org/index.php?mode=donations

    Information on donating milk in general:
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAprMay00p19.html
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAprMay00p22.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/donor-milk.html


    That's lots of information to digest. The basic idea is that you can donate to a milk bank that is non-profit or for profit. HMBNA are non-profit. This means that the cost of the milk to parents of sick babies directly covers the expenses of processing the milk donations. Prolacta is a for profit milk bank. This means that they make money above and beyond what is needed to process the milk donations. Two names that Prolacta works with are International Breast Milk Project and National Milk Bank.

    HTH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandila View Post
    I highly suggest going with hmbana rather than the national milk bank/prolacta. Prolacta is one of those that does some shady stuff with the milk, and the do actually make a huge profit from the donated milk. Not sure about milkshare, as I've no experience with them.
    are you serious????
    does anyone have proof of this.I donate through them and my hospital. The hospital rarely takes, usully only if Im there for something else, like when dyl was admitted.

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    I would check some of the links included in Home Executives post. Its good practice to double check a companies main mission.

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    the hospital recommended them.I checked the site they gave me. They present themselves as christian donor bank .

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    HI all, I have donated a number of times. I have had good experiences and bad. The first time I donated I had 500 oz of stored milk. This was a few years ago when milkshare was a smaller group. The woman I shipped my milk to never reimbursed me for the milk, and the whole thing was weird and uncomfortable (she never sent pictures of her "adopted" baby). Anyway, since that happened I choose to only donate locally. I have pictures of a beautiful adopted baby that I have donated to.

    I opted not to donate to a bank because they pasteurize (heat it up killing lots of the good stuff) and homogenize the milk. Not to mention the milk banks charge $3 / oz. (average baby needs 32 oz. / day = Approx. $90/day!!!)

    there are so many little ones that need breast milk and their parents can't afford to buy the milk. Since I have extra, I give it away.

    My pumped milk is SO precious to me, it was a hard decision to donate. Once i did I knew I had made the right decision.

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    Here is an article about prolacta: http://mynightandday.com/uniontrib/2...z1n12milk.html

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    The info the PP have posted is great! Carpenter Girl was one of the people that provided me with soo much info when I was first looking into donating (Thanks!).

    Here is another link http://forums.lalecheleague.org/show...t=milk+banking
    Where a few of us posted a summary about milk donating.

    It is a wonderful thing to do if you have extra milk.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    I felt really good about it. I didn't go the standard way though. I donated directly to a mom with an adopted baby in NC through this place: http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/
    You end up needing a copy of your pregnancy lab work to share with your receiving family. If you need additional tests they pay for them. I have a cute little picture of the girl I helped out with my 19 oz a day extra. Really positive experience for me, although I am sure it varies from person to person.
    Same here. I donated to the National Milk Bank before I knew anything about them (because they give you a free pump). Definitely go with the Human Milk Bank if you go the bank route. I prefer MilkShare though

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    My whole experience was great! Would have donated more to milk bank, if my friend didn't ask. Seeing the other baby was very rewarding for me. The mom was sooooo grateful!
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    I read that and cried.I believed they were a sweet company.

    So much wasted milk.


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