Wednesday, January 21, 2015

why i donate my breast milk

My body is horrible at making babies. Like…horrible. I haven’t had a period without medical intervention since 2006 and even that was a random slip-up on the part of my stubborn ovaries…like when a kid forgets that he’s angry and accidentally smiles.

But with a combination of divine miracles and a suitcase full of fertility drugs, three children have been born from this broken body. And once those babies are out, my body rallies. It’s like my breasts are the people-pleasing older siblings of my unruly ovaries, saying, “We’re so sorry about their behavior. Let us make it up to you.”


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8 comments:

  1. You are AWESOME! I hope others will be inspired by you and your sacrifice!

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  2. Great post. I'm the opposite I have no problem having babies but my milk production was horrible. I'm not sure why. I hope some women are encouraged.

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  3. i used donor milk near the end with crue because man, my body just won't do ANYTHING. it is so magical and so much appreciated by us mamas with lacking boobies :) i hope i don't have the same issues with baby 2 though we shall wait and see! any who, this post rocks!

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  4. I love this! My body also overproduced after having my daughter. Like you said, our body has to make up for failing us in the naturally producing offspring department :) I had a friend who adopted twins 4 days before I had Raegan. Once my supply was established and I was making so much, I gave my extra to her. It felt so good to help a fellow momma out!

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  5. As someone who's premature children benefitted from donated breastmilk, I want to thank you for donating. The donated milk we used until my supply came in was very important to getting my kids through NICU and allowed for the best start possible.

    There's been a lot of issue with selling breastmilk. One concern is that unlike donation, those selling are not screen from communicable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis A/B/C. There's also concern about storage, contamination and even human trafficking (forcing a young mother to sell BM in order to make a buck). To my knowledge, milk banks go through a careful screening process which helps eliminate all these issues. The only reason donor milk isn't more readily available is become there's not enough to go around.

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  6. I LOVE this post- it inspired one of my posts last week!! We had enough donated milk (from ONE donor) to last Millie 5.5 months...it was the hugest blessing to us!! I am so thankful for everyone generous enough to donate!!

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  7. You're amazing! Really- you are.

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  8. What a beautiful thing. I wish I had known - had thought - when I was nursing. Thank you for sharing.

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