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.
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.
Good for you for posting this! I was actually planning to do it, but never got around to it.
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!
Married to Mark 05.25.07
DD Stella Gabrielle - 12.31.07
DS Sebastien David - 01.06.09
DD Selene 'Lilu' Katherine Alice 03.16.11
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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. 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 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)
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 ) and have always responded well to the pump, so amassing crazy quantities was easy for me.
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.
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.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)