Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Donated!





Over 45 bags of breast milk donated to the National Milk Bank.  After becoming a qualified donor, they sent me a cooler when I was ready to get some freezer space back (understatement).  I'm still waiting for my final ounce report, but I believe I donated somewhere in the ballpark of 240oz of breastmilk.  The liquid gold will be given to Prolacta Bioscience to aid in the creation of nutritional products for NICU infants.


I still have about half of my stash on hand (yes, that photo above is the after!) and I plan to start adding back with some "non tainted" milk (dairy and soy free).  I'm waiting to learn more at our GI specialist appointment later this week to see what it really is we need to eliminate, if anything.


That's my karma for the month!  Have you done anything recently worth some warm fuzzies??







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19 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for doing this! We use Prolacta products in our NICU for our tiniest preemies to help them grow, so your donation will help them directly.

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    1. Wow, that is such wonderful news MC! Thanks for letting me know, it makes me feel so good to know that. I had initially wanted to donate directly to a local mother/baby in need, but couldn't find the right resources. This process does seem a bit removed, but knowing that makes it all worth it and not any different in the end!

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  2. Wow that's great! What a wonderful program:) I can't believe you had so much extra milk, I'm worried about producing enough milk so this is quite encouraging.

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    1. It was definitely a double edged sword. Lots of engorgement and leaking too, it took a while to finally bring my supply down to her demand. Which I guess is worth it being that it's going to help babies in need :)

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  3. Yay! That is awesome...those programs are so great! :)

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    1. I agree, I'm so glad the milk is going to help other babies in need. I can't imagine just dumping it!

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  4. That is freaking amazing! How the heck did you produce that much extra AND nurse?! I need tips!

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    1. I don't know if I was just natural overproducer or if it was a result of A being premature. I was hooked up to the pump the moment she was born. Between her being early and having jaundice, she would latch, but quickly lose energy to suck. So for the 1st three weeks it was a cycle of attempt to nurse, pump, bottle eight times a day. I produced way more than she was taking and at one point I could easily pump up to 4oz on each side in less than 10minutes.

      Once she finally had her latch down and energy to nurse a full meal, I slowly stopped pumping to regulate my supply to her true demand. I built that stash in the first two months. And since then, I've only pumped when having clogged ducts to clear. I guess I'm a bit traumatized by it and pretty much just nurse on demand from the source 100% of the time. I need to start pumping again for next week when we have our first babysitting experience!

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  5. Wow! What an awesome deed!! And definitely impressive! I pump about 2-3 oz in addition to what he nurses! It's tough work!

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    1. I agree Natasha! It is hard work! Seriously, seems like a full time job!

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    2. Thank you both! And like I said above, I'm pretty traumatized from the pump haha. I pretty much soley nurse now as it's sooo much more preferred!

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  6. thank you for providing this amazing gift for NUCU babies---you are truly giving them liquid gold and making a tremendous impact on their outcome :)

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  7. I rarely, if ever post comments on blogs, but I just had to stop and say THANK YOU. A friend and co-worker of mine had to have an emergency c-section on Friday (8 weeks early) to save the baby. In the process of delivery, my friend went into a coma and developed a brain hemorrhage. She has since been declared brain dead, and her family is saying their last goodbyes while they wait for the body to follow suit.
    The baby is in intensive care, and is being supplemented with breast milk from donors like you. So THANK YOU for what you are doing :)

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I'm so so terribly sorry to hear about your friend, this breaks my heart. I'm so glad that the baby is being supplemented and well cared for, but what a devastating story. My thoughts and prayers to the little baby and the family.

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  8. Oh my goodness just now saw this- thank you for the shout out! We are so glad you were able to donate with us! :)

    Lacey,Stacy,&Kim
    National Milk Bank

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    1. Of course, it was my pleasure! So glad or was put to use and the rest up the was donated as well! Thank you for what you do!

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    2. Of course, it was my pleasure! So glad or was put to use and the rest up the was donated as well! Thank you for what you do!

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