Last night I gave almost 3 months worth of milk to a couple in need. They just adopted a baby girl and want to avoid formula at all costs. It felt good especially because I was almost on the verge of having to toss my milk away. Can you imagine? Throwing away something that took you so much work to accumulate? It was so stressed, but now I feel good knowing a baby out there is going to benefit from it.
During my research I found a bunch of groups and individuals that BUY and SELL human milk and was completely turned off by that. Yes….it took a lot of hard work and commitment to pump my milk, but I’d feel wrong turning my milk into an avenue of revenue. I’m not rich, but I don’t have to sell my milk. Ughh…SMH at this idea.
Now..onto how I went about donating milk. There are 2 ways to do this. You can contact a Human milk bank and go through a rigorous screening process (which includes an interview, a very detailed medical history questionnaire and a blood test) or you can find a mom in need through social media (Facebook, Human Milk Donation) and skip the screening process.
Obviously there is a screening process with the milk banks because they want to make sure that your milk is good and coming from a healthy source. It only makes sense. I went through most of the screening process with the Milk Bank of Cleveland, but unfortunately got stuck at the blood test part. Since I was not near their facility (unfortunately there are no milk banks nearby the tri-state area, so I had to either go through Massachusetts or Ohio), I had to find a doctor that would draw my blood for free. That was hard to come by. None of my doctors (OB and GP) wanted to take my blood and give it to me (which kind of doesn’t make sense…I mean come on…it’s my blood) so I hit a dead end and couldn’t send the milk banks my milk.
As an alternative I searched Facebook and found like a gazillion milk donation pages and joined the NYC one. There I simply posted on the wall and was instantly contacted by 3 parties interested in milk. From there I simply chose the party I was most interested in giving milk to, arranged a pick up and boom I was done with it. I gave my supply to a family that truly needed it.
I would absolutely do this again and I am increasing my pumping just to start building another stash for donation. Yes folks…this little cow is back in action.
Would any of you mamis ever donate milk? Is anyone interested in donating or is it skeevy? Share your thoughts, leave a comment!