After Emma was born, I was blessed with an abundant supply of milk. I remember on a couple occasions pumping 16 ounces in one session. I yearned to donate milk to a bank that provided milk to hospitals, but because I occasionally took medication, I was unable to donate. I wish that I would have found the milk sharing community at the time.
I asked other moms in my mothering group if they had donated. I was hoping to hear their experiences, and to get a feel for how donation worked. Instead of stashing the milk in my freezer, I decided to find a family in need of milk. Very quickly I had found a recipient family, and had cleared out my freezer. I have been blessed to give the family almost 300 ounces of breast milk, or about 2.3 gallons worth. Donating breast milk feels so awesome and empowering. Not only do my breasts nourish and help my own infant to thrive, but they are nourishing and helping another little one to thrive when they otherwise may not. I hope to continue to donate throughout my breastfeeding journey, and encourage others to give it a try.
I have created the page Milk Donor Mamas on Facebook to provide support for donor mamas. If you have donated milk, or are thinking of donating, please join Milk Donor Mamas on Facebook.