What do you do in your lactation room?

Hi mamis

As I prepare to head up to my lactation room, I’m thinking about what to bring upstairs with me to entertain me for the next 15-20 minutes. You all know how tiring/annoying I find pumping to be, so entertainment is essential. At times I bring my laptop and do some work, but most times I welcome the break and just play Ruzzle instead (VR167 if you want to play a game). I have a little stash of tabloid magazines, some snacks and some catalogs to browse when Ruzzle gets boring. I’m thinking of bringing my knitting needles and yarn (yes…I have some grandma like qualities…IDC) and finally getting started on a new blanket for meatball. So as I plan my routine pumping torture, I’m wondering…what do other mamis do in their lactation rooms? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could sneak in a quick nap while pumping..tee hee (I might actually try to do this tomorrow morning)

Have a good evening mamis!

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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