Giving away my milk – Part 2

Hi mamis…

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!

How I feel at times

How meatball views me

Giving away my milk – Part 1

First of all…

H A P P Y V A L E N T I N E ‘ S D A Y!!!! I hope everyone feels the love today and every day!

Now…since you all know, I pump a lot and nurse a lot, therefore, I have about 2 months worth of frozen breast milk. I don’t have room for it in my freezer, so I had to store it at my nearby relative’s freezer. She’s been great, but I know she’d like her freezer back for oh you know, food and such. So I’ve decided to donate the milk. Did you know that there is not one human milk bank in NYC or the surrounding areas? The closest one is in Massachusetts. So I am coordinating with them and I’m giving my milk away. I certainly don’t want to throw it away, it took so much time to stockpile..but I must admit…I’m a little weirded out but shipping my milk via fedex. OH WELL! Whatever…I’ll get over it. The milk is going to go help at risk newborns. What a great thought on this Valentine’s day 🙂

Tomorrow I’ll post the details about donating milk as an FYI. Would any of you mamis ever donate your milk?

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Pumping blues

Hi mamis..

Today I feel tired. I am dedicated to breastfeeding for as long as meatball wants to, but I have to say it can get exhausting. As you know from my earlier post “I should just start moo-ing” I pump at work, every day 2x a day, faithfully. I never miss a lactation break, I wash and sterilize my pump parts at the end of each day. I carefully pack away my pump in the evening and set it up every morning. At any given moment (Monday-Friday) I’m toting around breast milk in a little cooler bag. I haven’t been able to use my cute small/mid sized purses because I have to lug milk and pumping accessories around (although I do have a really nice large bag, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s quite large and bulky). What I’m getting at is that this routine is getting tiring. Lately, I’ve been feeling super exhausted of and annoyed with pumping. The sound of the pump gets on my nerves. The sight of the black and yellow bag makes me cringe a little. I was so good and patient with pumping until a couple of weeks ago. I know that meatball loves my milk, so I won’t quit on her needs, but man, oh man, is this hard. It’s takes more than simple dedication. It takes sheer force of will. These are the things no one tells you about breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding. It’s a freaking pain in the ass at times. But meatball is worth the temporary aggravation.

And with that…I’m off to guess what????

PUMP

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Why I love breastfeeding

Yes mamis, there are a lot of benefits to breastfeeding and we all know it’s best for baby, and yes this is my main reason for breastfeeding, but let’s not cast aside the many benefits we get from it!!!

Why do I want to breastfeed forever?

YOU ARE A CALORIE BURNING MACHINE…you can EAT (don’t overdo it)…you can indulge in some extra tastiness at lunch. You get back to your pre-prego weight faster. Ain’t NOTHING wrong with that!!

If you work, YOU GET TO TAKE YOUR BREAKS during the workday! How many of us are entitled to breaks but don’t take them because we get caught up? By pumping, I am FORCED to take my 15 minute breaks and it does wonders for my morale, sanity and my work performance. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. I love it (and thanks to NYS I can pump for up to 3 years after having a baby…WHOHOOO!)

Now this is perhaps one of my most favorite benefits…NO PERIOD (in most cases) while you’re breastfeeding (either exclusively or frequently). I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this. I don’t have to carry pads or tampons around for a little while longer? OMG that’s AWESOME. NO WOMAN ENJOYS HAVING A PERIOD…so this is AMAZING. WONDERFUL…GREAT!!!!

Now, yes…these reasons might seem a bit trivial, but I’m totally OK admitting that LOL!

I know I’m not the only one…mamis are you WITH ME?