I have been exclusively breastfeeding Miles for 8 months. My supply has regulated over time, and I only produce about 30 extra ounces a week beyond what Miles drinks, but it wasn’t always this way.
At one point, I had so much extra milk, I could barely keep up with pumping. I got extremely painful Mastitis a few times and thought about giving up. My husband and I bought a deep freezer to store food, but quickly found out that my milk was taking over.
I was talking about my extra supply at daycare and a fellow mom named Sarah told me about Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank. It took a little while to go through an approval process, but it was so worth it! The great thing is once you’re approved, you can continue to donate as many times as you want to. I can still keep enough milk on-hand in case of emergency, but none of my milk is going to waste.
I took my first load of milk over a few weeks ago and was overwhelmed with a feeling of extreme happiness. The nurse in the facility said that my milk would feed babies in the NICU at Magee for a month!
I’m still waiting to hear how many ounces it was, exactly. The reason why they use the breast milk in the NICU is because it’s proven to help pre-mature babies with their digestive system; reducing their need for gastrointestinal surgery. Read more about the science behind it, here, under “What Difference Does Breastmilk Make”.
Overall, it was an incredible feeling and I hope to donate a few more times this year!