Breastmilk Donors

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Breastmilk Donors

For moms with milk to spare! And for people who want to help sick and premature babies thrive.

Website: http://www.hmbana.org/
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Latest Activity: Jun 26, 2010

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Comment by Rebecca on January 12, 2010 at 9:29pm
Finally sent my donation tonight! Only about 75oz but every little bit helps, right?
Comment by Rebecca on December 29, 2009 at 8:12pm
Great information. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Sara on December 23, 2009 at 6:30pm
By the way, Elizabeth, you might be able to donate to the milk bank that's linked to at the top of this group. hmbana.org They seem to cover parts of southern Canada, as well as the United States.
Comment by Sara on December 23, 2009 at 6:28pm
Elizabeth, the amounts of fenugreek in cooking are probably fine. :) I think they just want to avoid the megadoses that are in the tea/other milk supplements.

Keep trying to get through to the milk bank. They might just be closed/busy for the holidays. If you can't get through to them after the New Year, look for another milk bank to donate to!
Comment by Sara on December 23, 2009 at 10:17am
I found my recipient moms via a group on Cafemom called Milkshare. There's also a Sharemilk group on Yahoo that is very very active.

You want to be very careful to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of milk donation before you donate. Since these are peer to peer groups, there IS a chance that someone may be scamming, and there have been scams. Get to know the mom that you're planning on donating to. Require an in-person meeting and consider the idea of obtaining references from other moms that have donated, or from family members, or from the child's pediatrician. NEVER give the person your medical records. You'll go over them with the person, but this should be done while the two of you are sitting in a public place.

There are a LOT of moms that are looking for milk. Be careful you don't waste it on a pervert. Sadly there are those, too.
Comment by Cherylyn on December 23, 2009 at 9:39am
How do you find a peer donation group?
Comment by Sara on December 23, 2009 at 9:31am
(I also like other things about peer donation. The fact that if the baby has a dietary sensitivity, you can work with the recipient mom to create an elimination diet so that the baby can continue receiving milk. You can find parents that don't object to small amounts of caffeine intake if that's your thing.. You can pump to donate past the one year mark.. And you may get to meet the infant that you are donating your time and milk to. Nothing quite helps with the humdrum of pumping as having a face to put to the process. :) )
Comment by Sara on December 23, 2009 at 9:27am
Elizabeth, the reason you can't drink mother's milk tea while pumping to donate might be that some infants are sensitive to things in the tea. I know that some babies become very gassy if their moms take fenugreek, I would imagine it would be the same for pumped milk.
Comment by Sara on December 23, 2009 at 9:26am
Rebecca, I met two of the women that I donated to, and one of the babies. I did peer donation because I have some issues with how milk banks are run. Many of them are great, but some of them do things like sell the breast milk to formula companies. I'm also a bit bothered by the pasteurization process which kills off so many beneficial properties of the milk. Milk banks are a godsend to preemie babies, but the cost is prohibitive to the parents of older babies that just want their children to have the best start. Peer donation seemed much more up my alley. :)
Comment by Rebecca on December 22, 2009 at 9:06pm
Sara that's so great. Did you know the women you donated to? I am signed up with Indiana Mother's Milk Bank so it is pretty anonymous.
 

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