03.Aug.2016 Milk Donation Is Easy!

1024px-Breastfeeding-icon-med.svg August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

We love breastfeeding here at the Birth Place. One of the ways that we support mothers and babies is to act as a Milk Donation Station. We can help a woman become a breast milk donor and can ship her milk to the Milk Bank. Babies in need can then get healthy human milk instead of formula.

I thought I would interview one of the wonderful women who donate milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana.

Shannon gave birth in the early part of the year to this handsome lad, Brendan.  She started pumping to build up a milk supply for her return to work.  We had talked about breast milk donation during her postpartum time with us at the Birth Place.  In May Shannon decided that she wanted to try to donate. “It was so simple. The ladies at the Milk Bank take care of everything. They sent me milk storage bags and would have provided a pump if I didn’t have one.”

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana has a simple screening process. Once a series of questions are answered, the woman’s health care provider (in this case — me!) needs to certify that the woman and baby are healthy and that milk donation will not interfere with the baby’s milk supply. That was easy.

Then the woman needs to have a general blood draw to rule out any infections.  Shannon brought Brendan along and had no trouble.  The Milk Bank pays for the blood tests.

“I wouldn’t have done this if it was hard.  I pumped maybe three times a week. I have a great milk supply so I don’t think that I pumped more than 5 minutes at a time. It was never a rush or a big stress.”

2016-08-01 21.41.09“It all adds up and it’s a cool way to help others.”

Shannon thought the hardest part of donating milk was just remembering to run her dishwasher so that her pump parts were clean.

Here’s a look at what 100 ounces of mother’s milk looks like:

2016-08-01 21.59.41Once the milk is at the Milk Bank, it is pasteurized and tested.

 

Thank you Shannon and Brendan!

And if you want to learn about donating milk, give us a call.

Birth Place, 581-2073.

Happy Breastfeeding!

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