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I just wanted to let you all know about a movement that's been started to create a global network of milk-sharing, called Eats on Feets. There are groups/fan pages popping up all over FB intended to help link mothers who are seeking donor milk for their babies with mamas who have plenty to share. You can just search "Eats on Feets" on FB to see if there's already a group in your province/state/country. If there isn't, and you'd like to help, please PM me and I can provide the information needed to get you started.

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How cool!! Not sure I'm willing to go that route again, but I applaud any mom who is committed to that kind of sharing. I pumped for a mom for awhile when Violet was a baby. And I've nursed my one nephew a bunch of times (which I would do again). The pumping is what grates on me though.

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Good for you for posting this! I was actually planning to do it, but never got around to it. Smile

My issue with milksharing is the pumping as well... I DEFINITELY support it, but I'm one of the ones that gets VERY little from pumping, despite an abundant supply (frustrating really). I'd be happy to NURSE another babe who was in need, but I don't think I'd be much help in terms of pumping.

But a very worthy cause! Smile

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After this last birth I was originally pumping for someone from on here who had approached me, but then she balked at the costs of shipping ~ so I was stuck with hundreds of oz on my hands. Thankfully I approached my midwife and our local online HB group and found a recipient ~ I handed over 600 oz of milk to her a few months back. Smile Last time I donated to HMBNA, I personally found it much more edifying (and easy) to directly hand off the milk rather than to deal with shipping it.

Great idea for an organization!

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That is great news to know... if this is at all like last time, I'll have plenty to spare, though I only have a little hand-held pump (though I swear at the beginning I don't even need a pump, you can just put two cups under my boobs, I leak so bad)

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

How cool!! Not sure I'm willing to go that route again, but I applaud any mom who is committed to that kind of sharing. I pumped for a mom for awhile when Violet was a baby. And I've nursed my one nephew a bunch of times (which I would do again). The pumping is what grates on me though.

I remember you doing that! I'm not a huge fan of pumping either, especially when I went back to work and HAD to pump or else I'd leak everywhere. It ate into my break time! Pumping at home while surfing the net didn't bother me too much though. I actually found that to be kind of gratifying.

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Good for you for posting this! I was actually planning to do it, but never got around to it. Smile

My issue with milksharing is the pumping as well... I DEFINITELY support it, but I'm one of the ones that gets VERY little from pumping, despite an abundant supply (frustrating really). I'd be happy to NURSE another babe who was in need, but I don't think I'd be much help in terms of pumping.

But a very worthy cause! Smile

I was always lucky to do really well with a pump and often needed to either pump or hand express because I'd be so engorged and Jesse would be fast asleep or not hungry. I'd be happy to nurse another little one as well. I think that would be awesome.

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After this last birth I was originally pumping for someone from on here who had approached me, but then she balked at the costs of shipping ~ so I was stuck with hundreds of oz on my hands. Thankfully I approached my midwife and our local online HB group and found a recipient ~ I handed over 600 oz of milk to her a few months back. Smile Last time I donated to HMBNA, I personally found it much more edifying (and easy) to directly hand off the milk rather than to deal with shipping it.

Great idea for an organization!

That is awesome! I should mention this to my midwife as well. As long as my supply resembles what it was with Jesse, it should be no problem for me to pump a bunch to donate. And I'd rather donate directly....HMBNA charges a lot, don't they?

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HMBNA is a non profit, but I'm not sure. They cover the shipping, the donor testing (I had to send in a blood test) and the pasturizing or whatever it is that they do to the milk, so they definitely have costs that they have to cover, even without making a profit.

I like pumping (which is probably weird, but it was my alone time every morning for about 15 minutes when I could get online and just relax Lol and have always responded well to the pump, so amassing crazy quantities was easy for me.

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send me the info please! This is something I've looked into and there is a milkshare.com (or org) that I've looked into already. Since we feel so strongly about bf'ing, we really want to donate this time around hopefully. My pump rarely got used last time and although I know it would be a little bit of a commitment, just the thought of helping out some who are going through the hoops to obtain breastmilk is enough to make me want to donate some.

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between donor testing, shipping, and pasturizing human milk costs those who recieve it $4 an OUNCE. some insurance plans pay for it or part of it, many don't cover it.

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That is awesome. Thanks for the link. As someone who got milk from cousin to supplement DS1, who was severely tongue tied, I can't say enough great things about those who pump and donate to others.

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I also prefer to donate it directly to someone than to go through the milk bank. Like someone else said, it cost $4 per ounce for the recipient. And the milk bank also won't take anything you've pumped before they approve you, which means most moms like me who pump at work & find they're pumping more than they need, can't donate to the milk bank. I hooked up with a local mom via my homebirth listserve. There were so many people recently interested in donating & receiving EBM that someone started a local milk share website.

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"mandora" wrote:

Good for you for posting this! I was actually planning to do it, but never got around to it. Smile

My issue with milksharing is the pumping as well... I DEFINITELY support it, but I'm one of the ones that gets VERY little from pumping, despite an abundant supply (frustrating really). I'd be happy to NURSE another babe who was in need, but I don't think I'd be much help in terms of pumping.

But a very worthy cause! Smile

This word for word.

I think it's a great cause and those who can pump enough to do it, I applaud them.

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just curious, but how much is considered good for a pumping session? with dd i only ever got 3 ounces max when i pumped no matter what time of day. This time if I time it right I can get 6-10 ounces out, but haven't tried pumping more than once a day since I dont really need to stock up for anything. I know a girl locally who had asked a while back if I could donate any but this was before I actually had him and didn't know how pumping would be this time. She lives about an hour away and could probably meet up so no shipping involved. I'm not sure how much I have saved up right now and I do use it, just not that often though I wanted to get stocked up so that I could do some exercise classes a few times a week or something once I get past my 6 weeks PP.

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"Illiana" wrote:

just curious, but how much is considered good for a pumping session? with dd i only ever got 3 ounces max when i pumped no matter what time of day. This time if I time it right I can get 6-10 ounces out, but haven't tried pumping more than once a day since I dont really need to stock up for anything. I know a girl locally who had asked a while back if I could donate any but this was before I actually had him and didn't know how pumping would be this time. She lives about an hour away and could probably meet up so no shipping involved. I'm not sure how much I have saved up right now and I do use it, just not that often though I wanted to get stocked up so that I could do some exercise classes a few times a week or something once I get past my 6 weeks PP.

I guess it depends on the woman and the baby and all. I'm lucky in that I always had an abundance of milk and I often even had to pump, just for comfort, especially just after a growth spurt. I could easily pump 6 or 7 oz at a time between feeds. When I went back to work when Jesse was a year old, I would pump twice/12 hour shift and would get about 20 oz. (Jesse would drink it all the next night I worked though). After a couple months I cut back to once a shift and would get 12+ oz. I quit pumping at work (and altogether really) at 15 months.

I do realize I'm not typical though. Hell, I was still leaking at 15 month post partum. But really, even 10-20 oz of breastmilk, donated per week would be helpful. Many mamas are looking to supplement their own supply (some have inadequate glandular tissue, for example, to produce all the milk their baby needs). And some mamas have multiple donors. And every bit counts to....every ounce of breastmilk is an ounce of formula they don't have to use. (I'm not bashing formula here...just recognizing their are some mamas who would prefer not to use it, and some babies who do NOT tolerate it well.)

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Well, I can't speak to what a GOOD amount is, but I can tell you that even at the height of bf'ing, once it was established, etc, I was lucky to get 1oz per pumping session of about 20 minutes. My DD was exclusively EBF'd, and I just had the pump hooked up to me 24 hours a day (pretty literally) for the first few weeks of her life, until I gave up and switched to formula. If I had had access to human milk, I would have JUMPED at the chance!! (she was a premie, and never latched despite a few LC's trying different things).

When DS was born, I was worried I wouldn't make enough milk to feed him.... nope! Just a pumping issue (and it was a hospital rental pump, so the best on the market). He grew fabulously, was always in the 95% for weight, and had no issues gaining. For a totally bf'd babe, he gained amazingly...he never dropped much weight (only a couple oz's), and my milk came in about 12 hours after birth. I tried to pump a few times with DS and never got more than an ounce either. I tried all kinds of things: hospital pump, hand expressing, hand pump.... never made a difference.

So, I know I make an adequate amount, but pumps just do not get it out. It's really frustrating.