Breastmilk Donation

I have been meaning to write this post for awhile now.  When I returned to work after maternity leave, I found that I had excessive lipase in my breastmilk.  The result was soapy sour like milk that my little guy refused to take.  After some research I learned how to treat the breastmilk so he would take it.  I have a post about it here.

Upon finding out that my little guy wouldn’t take the milk, I was sad at the thought of the milk going to waste.  I did some research about breastmilk donation and found that despite the excessive lipase, human milk donation centers will happily accept it.  Turns out babies in the intensive care unit get the milk through a feeding tube and won’t be bothered by the change of texture and smell.

After completing some paperwork, I am happy to report that in early June I dropped off the milk at a local hospital.  For those of you considering donating your breastmilk, I encourage you to.  It is pretty rewarding knowing you’re providing for a baby in need.

 

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3 thoughts on “Breastmilk Donation

  1. Very cool! I had heard of moms doing this and think it’s fantastic. Sadly I could barely squeeze out enough for our little guy so I was in no condition to be donating 😉

    • Nina, I only had enough to donate because my little guy wouldn’t take the milk I had stored up. Luckily, I was able to produce enough for him while I was back at work. Breastfeeding is such a commitment, especially as a working mom. I sympathize with all working moms out there.

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