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Donate Breast Milk to Milk Banks

Mother's Milk: Send Your Surplus to the Bank

Take your milk all the way to the bank! A study in this week's journal of Pediatrics found that close to 900 babies' lives would be saved each year if 90 percent of American women nursed their newborns for the first six months. For new mamas who want to give their tots all of the benefits of breast milk, but who cannot do so themselves, breast milk banks can provide the liquid gold at a price.

There are currently 10 breast milk banks throughout North America (with three more forming in Kansas, Massachusetts, and Oregon), and the amount of donations they receive is rapidly growing. According to the director of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, about 2,000 women donated pumped milk in 2008, but even more may have been given through direct arrangements. Though 63 percent of LilSugar readers said they wouldn't buy breast milk online, many said they would be willing to give their wee one milk from a donor.

If you were capable of producing extra breast milk, would you donate it to a bank?

Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I mean... would *ever* breast-feed and more natural *it* seemed.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Now... I'm not trying to be creepy or gross, but... could you just go to a shelter (or whatever) and breastfeed for an hour every night? I mean, pumping is such a pain. My ex once asked his sister-in-law if she would every breast-feed someone else's baby and she said yes; at first I was grossed out, but the more I thought about it, the more natural is seemed. Wouldn't they have to test the milk for drugs and diseases first? I guess they really couldn't take direct-donations, then. Oh well. I would do it if I could.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
sure but i don't have time.... i think if this was privatised it could work. they need to make it easy for the donors, perhaps provide child care for the half hour it takes, i'm sure many people would pay for it. new age wet-nursing for the rich!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
What a great idea! I've always vaguely wondered if you could donate breast-milk. I'm glad this is catching on!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I don't think I would unless it was from someone I knew. But I definitely would donate. I have never heard of a milk bank in Germany and now it's too late...
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
such a good thing!
LMessing LMessing 7 years
I absolutely would. No question.
macneil macneil 7 years
It is a wonderful thing to do. I couldn't breastfeed and had 4 days of donated breastmilk in hospital before having to move onto formula. It felt like the only comfort during that awful time, and I am so grateful to the women who donate.
katiekat katiekat 7 years
after countless hours of pumping while my daughter was in the NICU, I had a surplus of milk. I donated all of the extras & felt good knowing I was able to help other sick babies :) It was a great experience!
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