Friendly Debates with the Danielles: Donated Breast Milk

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Welcome to Week 41 of Friendly Debates With The Danielles!

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Donated Breast Milk: Yay or Nay? What do YOU say?

I suppose there are two ways to look at this debate.
1.)  Would I donate breast milk?
2.)  Would I feed my child donated breast milk?

And for both of those questions my answer is yes.

So why would I donate breast milk?

Well let’s just say I produce an over abundance of breast milk – or at least I have for my last two children…. so we shall see what happens when little Willow arrives…. though I have a feeling it would be the same.  And I just hate to think of all that milk going to waste that could help to keep another baby alive as most donated breast milk is used in Neonatal Intensive Care Units.  Now I think it is important to research where you will be donating to and to make sure they are a reputable company.  In most cases donating mother’s are not compensated because the aim is to collect and process only a mother’s surplus milk and they do not want to  provide any financial incentive for a mother to donate milk which would be fed to her own infant.  And while extensive testing and pasteurization is conducted to ensure the safety of donated breast milk the honesty of moms in the initial screening process to document any health practices that would be relevant could be compromised if a financial incentive was to be offered.  Now I would truly hope that someone who was willing to pump and donate their extra breast milk would not lie to received compensation, but it is better to be safe than sorry.  With all that being said I don’t even know if I would be eligible to donate because I do take a medication on a daily basis and that in itself could disqualify me from the donating process.

Oh and I suppose there is the thought of just donating to a friend that is having milk supply issues or perhaps had to take a medication for a while but didn’t want to stop breastfeeding.  And I am almost positive that I would do that as well.  Of course only after explaining to them the medication I take and the amount I take as well.  If they were ok with those things I would be happy to share my over abundance with them.

And would I feed my child donated breast milk?

If the need ever arose I would be very open to using donated breast milk for my children as I am totally against formula – for my children, if it works for you that is awesome, but it’s not for me.  I just felt the need to throw that in there before anyone got all heated, hehe.  Anyhow… I really do not see the need ever happening as soon after I bring my little ones home from the hospital I begin pumping at least once a day to build up a stash in our deep freezer in case an emergency would ever happen that would stop me from breastfeeding for a length of time.  And if my child was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and my milk was not coming in I would be totally open to donated breast milk to keep my child alive and thriving.

So YAY to breast milk whether from my boobs or yours, hehe!  What are your thoughts on this topic?  Would you donate breast milk or use donated breast milk?  Leave me a comment and let me know or link up!

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3 Responses to Friendly Debates with the Danielles: Donated Breast Milk

  1. Jessica Hilton says:

    I totally agree with you! When my son was in NICU I actually signed papers that would allow him to recieve donated milk if needed. They were very skeptical that I could produce enough since many of the mothers were having supply issues for very little babies who weren’t recieving the large amounts of milk like my son was….boy did I prove them wrong.They were shocked at what I could produce in one pumping session. I was shocked at how many mothers I heard turn down the donated milk for very preterm babies after they were explained all the benefits of breast milk in preterm babies. Thats were I had to tell myself its their choice its their child. 🙂

  2. Dandi D says:

    I would donate milk, yes. And if there was no possible way to breastfeed my baby, then yes, I would give my baby donated breast milk.

  3. Shakeeta W says:

    I 100% agree with donated breastmilk 🙂 I have IGT (insufficient glandular tissue) which is a fancy way of saying that I don’t have all the necessary equipment to make enough milk. If it wasn’t for donor milk, my son wouldn’t have enough to eat just from me and I didn’t want to go down the formula route (I did it with my daughter from the time she was 3 months and it was an awful experience).

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