I have been contemplating pumping my milk.  Nursing is something that has always come easy to me…and I don't take that lightly!  I have relatives and friends who were unable to nurse for various reasons.  I had a hard time identifying with them, but was heartbroken for them, and what they and their babies were missing.

So I figured, hey, I will just pump and give it away!  But its not quite as easy as all that.  In my research I did come across a website called MilkShare.  They put you in contact with real moms and families with a need for breast milk. 

The other option I am considering is donating to local hospitals who use breast milk in their NICU.  I need to do more research on that one, as I doubt I can just show up at the hospital with milk in tow.

I haven't come across any reasons not to do this as of yet…

…but I am still new in my research.

I need to know, what do you think?

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  1. I was JUST thinking about this!! Braden has always only eaten off of one side and very early on I ended up with mastitis, TWICE. So I was told to started pumping the other side each time and I now have over 150 – 8oz frozen bags! I have had so many people say “oh you can just stop at 8 months and still feed him until he’s 1.”….but I don’t want to, I like our time when I nurse him. I have heard of hospitals taking it for premies but I didn’t know where to start looking for info. But now some of the stuff from right away is starting to get to the 6 month mark so I need to do something with it, it would be SO sad for that all to go to waste. (Besides look at my babies, my milk is like cream! haha) Let me know what YOU find out or might do and maybe pass on some info when you find it! 🙂 Thanks for the perfect timing on this one!! 🙂
    Laura

  2. I just read something about this…can’t remember where, though. I think it is a great idea. I couldn’t nurse my daughter because I was just too nervous. I did breastfeed my son, though, and it was such a wonderful bonding experience. Breast milk is so much healthier for a baby, and what a great gift to pass it on to others in need.

  3. There are milk donation sites that take the milk and pasteurize it to kill any potential germs. I believe they evaluate the donors first of all to make sure you’re not taking any meds that could be getting into the milk possibly harming the baby. Just google something like “breast milk donation or banks.”
    I think it’s a wonderful thing to do. I personally thought about doing it shortly after my first was born. Then I had the amazing opportunity to donate to my husband’s cousin since her milk supply was dwindling as she was already expecting her next baby. Her first baby was still very young (like 4 months). I felt good knowing that I could help out another mother and baby. The World Health Organization says that breast is best and if an infant’s mother can’t nurse, breastmilk from another mother would be the next best choice.
    Normally I don’t share all these things online. But I was moved by your post. Good luck and I hope you find a good place to receive your donations!

  4. One other thought, it’s been a while since I inquired, but I think they also send you collection bags/bottles and a pump to help out.

  5. I actually posted about this recently. As much as I can NOT stand Oprah, someone shared an article from her magazine, about this. I suggest contacting the nearest milk bank. Here’s a link: http://www.nationalmilkbank.org/
    Frozen breast milk can be kept for 1 yr in a deep freezer.

  6. It is wonderful that you are willing to share. It is a sacrifice of time, but it is such a blessing to the mothers who have to look at the words, “Breastmilk is best” everytime they open the formula can.
    Where you live would be a good determination of what will be best for you. If your local hospital has a program for donating breastmilk, seriously ill babies will receive your liquid gold. If not, Milk Share is a good option so that mother’s who can’t afford milk from the milk bank or prefer unpasterized milk will be thankful. Milk Share receiving mothers generally accept the health testing usually done during your prenatal visits and will supply you with bags and pay for shipping.
    The best case scenario is to find a local mom through Milk Share or word of mouth. Perhaps you know some one who has adopted recently and would be open to giving their baby your milk.
    I’m so glad people are becoming more open to the idea and understand the value of breast milk.

  7. Thanks for all the great info and support.  I think I need to pray on this more and let God guide me to where I can help…
    Many blessings-
    Amanda

  8. I’ve actually been donating my milk privately (through milk share and privately before milk share was created) for the last 5 years. It has been an incredible experience. I would highly recommend it if you feel led to do so. There are things to consider (shipping and storage of milk, local donation, etc.) but it is so very rewarding to see your milk help a hungry baby. I would highly recommend milk share and have had a great experience with them! (I’ve even donated to the mom who runs milk share!)

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