have you donated milk?

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Have you donated milk?

no, and i don't want to
1
3%
no, but i would be happy to if the opportunity came up
12
38%
yes, i've given some on an isolated occasion(s)
13
41%
yes, i've been a regular donor
6
19%
 
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Post by foggylog » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:23 pm

I have given Donor milk, because i had a large stash in freezer that i needed to get rid of and someone in need. I've only donated to 2 people though. I thought about donating again this time, but as i wasn't already expressing this time, i would have to retrain my boddy for let down (i get vasospasms so it's like 1min on 4min warming boob repeat until have desired amount) on a pump and also stimulate to increase supply. tghe first time supply didn't stop with vasospasm, and i had an abundance of milk, probably becasue i was expressing from when bub was a week old that time.
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Post by Penguin » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:20 pm

I just wanted to clarify - while I think that updates etc would be nice from the receipient, they are totally and 'added extra'. IMO a git (if that be milk or anything else) if given with no strings attached. If you send a thank you note, or a photo of your newly received item being used, or (in the case of EMB) updates about your child as s/he grows then that's a nice extra, but I don't think that that is expected.

I have a relative who gives gifts, just so she can kept track of who does and doesn't send thank you notes. Drives me batty. She doesn't seem to care about giving them something, she just wants praise for her great gift and to lord over her sisters (See, your child didn't send me a thank you note. They are the scum of the earth. You owe me for being better than your ungrateful offspring.) This it the total opposite of what I think.
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Post by Squip » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:26 pm

Loli wrote:I have fed my baby donor milk. I trusted my donors with the health of my baby more than I trusted the commercial entities.

I am regularly donating to breastmilk researchers at the university. They only need small quantities at a time but they need it fresh so I have to to there to donate it.

I would like to donate to the milk bank but don't feel I can produce the quantities they say they want per week.

I would happily donate to friends or acquaintances though.
Out of interest how much does the milk bank need per week?
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Post by Loli&Lulu » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:07 pm

Squip wrote:
Out of interest how much does the milk bank need per week?
They were asking you to commit to at least a litre a week.
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Post by Penguin » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:02 pm

Loli wrote:
Squip wrote:
Out of interest how much does the milk bank need per week?
They were asking you to commit to at least a litre a week.
:shock: that's heaps!
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Post by Parla. » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:46 pm

I'm guessing it's a much bigger logistical/administrative task to get small amounts from many donors than large amounts for fewer donors?

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Post by Parla. » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:31 pm

Well, if you have about 8 litres of freezer milk (and counting) that you won't realistically ever use, and the hospital milk bank won't take it, and you don't want to post an ad on Facebook, what do you do with it?

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Post by Andypandy » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:36 pm

Feed it to the older child?
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Post by Loli&Lulu » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:32 pm

Penguin wrote:
Loli wrote:
Squip wrote:
Out of interest how much does the milk bank need per week?
They were asking you to commit to at least a litre a week.
:shock: that's heaps!
I have heard from friends that they are not as strict on that quantity as I thought, it is actually more of a suggested amount.

I believe they process (pasteurize) your milk as a single batch 2 liters at a time so small amounts are more difficult.
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Post by Loli&Lulu » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:34 pm

Andypandy wrote:Feed it to the older child?
DD1 drank my freezer stash in her sippy cup after she'd weaned. Boobie milk, best thing ever.
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Post by Parla. » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:21 pm

Someone has suggested bm custard, but I'm not sure how 8l of bm custard is more usable than 8l of bm.

Older child is still feeding too, so not in dire need of extra bm, but maybe if I add a chocolate flavoured powdered milk additive...

Sorry Penguin, this is going a little OT. I actually was wondering if all the informal milk sharing is done via Facebook nowadays or if there are alternatives. Here's food for thought though - my milk would only be available informally because I was rejected by the milk bank.

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Post by Elizabby » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:41 pm

esyt wrote:Well, if you have about 8 litres of freezer milk (and counting) that you won't realistically ever use, and the hospital milk bank won't take it, and you don't want to post an ad on Facebook, what do you do with it?
Have you tried Human Milk for Human Babies? That's an informal milk sharing network. It is based online - I think there is a FB community - you'd have to look for your local branch.
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Post by Penguin » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:18 pm

esyt wrote:
Sorry Penguin, this is going a little OT.
Don't worry at all, I'm totally happy for the discussion to lead where ever it needs to :)
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