I just made my second breastmilk donation. It's a rewarding experience to be able to donate such a special and life-giving substance. As a mom, you know that this stuff is "liquid gold". Remember what it was like when you dropped a splash on the floor while pumping and almost cried! Yes, it's that emotional. Our milk sustains our babies, helps them grow and creates a bond unlike any other.
As I get closer to the weaning stage, I start to evaluate the freezer stash of frozen milk. My baby will no longer take a bottle, no longer drink that rich, early milk. So, I am faced with two choices. Throw away the stash or donate it to babies who can use it! By donating, I am able to help one or multiple babies who need nutrition.
Last year, I donated to the Oklahoma Milk Bank and was so happy to deliver 750 ounces of my frozen pile! The Oklahoma Milk Bank distributes milk to NICU facilities all across the state to help little babies who need it most. Here is the their website if you want to learn more: okmilkbank.org/
Another option is donating to another mother in need, one who no longer has a supply and wants to continue feeding her baby human milk, or one who cannot afford formula. There are also small midwifery services that take these contributions and are so happy to accept them! I contributed 324 ounces this time and it is such a wonderful feeling!
These donation options allow mothers with an oversupply or overstock to help those who need it most. I encourage Moms to consider donating if you are wondering what to do with that freezer full of frozen bags. It could just save another baby's life.