What a waste

Caitlin - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

1,915

5

172

I have breastmilk.. I pump it while i'm at work twice a week for about 7-8 ounces of breastmilk.. not much, but my baby doesn't want it. She will wait until I get home to drink from the real thing, and only have some water to tide her over (it's overnight, so not a big deal - she's 8 months anyway, and the rest of the liquid she gets is my milk). If I don't pump it out, my supply drops dramatically, and it takes about 3 days to get me back on track.

What I learned today, there is officially only 1 breastmilk bank in all of canada... in vancouver.. I was hoping to be able to take my milk into town and drop it off at the hospital for premature babies so they could get actual breastmilk as opposed to formula, but apparently not.. what a waste.. I feel so wastefull pouring it down the sink every week! I'd give it away on craigslist or something, but am slightly afraid of legal issues if the baby gets sick or something, and/or creepy people that might just have a thing for human milk.. *sigh*..

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Minnie - posted on 11/04/2010

7,076

9

788

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet- but just in the last week an international informal milk sharing organization has started up through Facebook- search for 'Eats on Feets' and then your area. It's global, getting mothers in touch with other mothers to donate and receive milk.



http://www.milkshare.com also- the person who needs the milk pays for shipping and handling.

Kate CP - posted on 11/02/2010

8,942

36

758

You can tell the bank that you want to donate milk and they will send you shipping packages with coolants free of charge. At least, they do for the bank I'm going to donate to. :)

Kate CP - posted on 11/04/2010

8,942

36

758

Hrm...well it let me rate something once and then it stopped working.

[deleted account]

Here in Australia there have been a few networks set up for mother to mother milk sharing. It is still just in its inception, but is aiming to link up women who are able to provide breastmilk with mothers/babies in need. I guess if hospitals are unable or unwilling to provide donor bank services, then this is one way that women in your situation have attempted to fill the gap. Perhaps there is something like this happening in your area, or perhaps you could be instrumental in assessing if there are other likeminded people who would be interested in starting something like this for your area.

I used to use my expressed breastmilk to make up my son's cereal/porridge etc. I would also make him a fruit custard thing with stewed apple/pear and rice/oat cereal mixed with breastmilk. It doesn't last long (the enzymes in my bm broke it down pretty quickly) but I would use it for single serves before we introduced cow milk. I also used to use my bm when making his mashed potato/pumpkin etc. I felt better giving him human milk rather than animal milk when preparing his food. He mostly ate finger foods when starting solids, but whenever I made him mashed foods or needed to thin out/'water' something down, I used bm just to use up my pumped supply.

This conversation has been closed to further comments

31 Comments

View replies by

Kate CP - posted on 11/04/2010

8,942

36

758

Milk doesn't last for a year in the deep freeze! It will only last 3 months in a normal freezer!

Leah - posted on 11/04/2010

286

20

7

Yeah, not much you can do. I pumped religiously for weeks with my little guy and stocked up b/c we were going to move and he would be with a sitter for 2 days and I wanted to make sure he had enough. Turned out we only needed a fraction of what I had managed to store and ended with a freezer full. Nothing to do with it so had to throw it away. Its absurd the only one is in Vancouver, how many preemies could be helped by something I just put down the drain. (It only lasts for 6 months on a fridge/freezer, 1 year in a deep freezer)



Edited to add: ok, making it a habit to read everyones posts first before commenting!!

[deleted account]

It will let you use ONE rating under each comment! You just can't click multiple ratings under the same comment.

Kate CP - posted on 11/04/2010

8,942

36

758

I can't believe they're charging you to ship it. "Beggars can't be choosers" is the saying that comes to mind. :/

Caitlin - posted on 11/04/2010

1,915

5

172

On their website it says shipping cost would be all on me if I sent it over. I don't know if i'd need to get all those blood tests done first either. I know I don't have those communicable diseases becase i'm also a regular blood donor, but I doubt they'll take my word for it.. I'll wait until I have much mroe than I have before sending it over. For now, I'm storing it up in my chest freezer downstairs and in a few months when I have enough to ship, i'll pack it all up and send it off and try not to notice it'll cost me a small fortune..

Kimberly - posted on 11/04/2010

705

59

52

Sorry, there is one in the works for Toronto but they are not yet accepting donations. For anyone else needing Vancouver info:

Maybe they can ship you packing material?


BC Women's Milk Bank
C & W Lactation Services
4500 Oak Street, IU 30
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1 Phone (604) 875-2282
FAX 604-875-2871
fjones@cw.bc.ca

Jocelyn - posted on 11/02/2010

5,165

42

275

Becky thank you!!! I didn't know about them!
*off to go visit the website*

Dana - posted on 11/02/2010

11,264

35

495

Kate's got it right, 6 months in a deep freezer, 3 hrs room temp, 3 days in the fridge and 3 months in a regular freezer. It's always good to keep a fresh frozen supply, you never know when you'll need it.

[deleted account]

I found that helpful, Carol - thank you! ;)

Kati, I KNEW IT! You know how to capitalize things - you just refuse to do it most of the time!

Johnny - posted on 11/02/2010

8,686

26

322

Mothering Magazine has an online community for Canada. There are a lot of women who know a lot about different breastfeeding resources on there all across Canada. You could try posting there to see if anyone knows somewhere else you could donate to.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions/for...

Rosie - posted on 11/02/2010

8,657

30

321

fiona when you said bm, i first thought of bowel movement, LMAO!!! why is she feeding her child a bowel movement, LOL!!

Becky - posted on 11/02/2010

2,892

44

93

Jocelyn, aren't you in the Calgary area? There is a charity here called Made by Momma (madebymomma.org) that takes donated breastmilk on an as needed basis. They don't advertise that they take breastmilk because it got them into trouble with the milk bank in Vancouver. (how dumb is that??) But if you get on their volunteer list and let them know you have milk to donate, they'll let you know if it's needed.
Caitlyn, maybe there's something like that in your area? If not, maybe you'd be interested in starting something yourself? Check out their website if you're interested, they are a really great charity.
Or, like others said, you could freeze it and save it for when you're weaning. I'm going to have to use my frozen stuff to get Zach to drink cows milk, I think, because right now he refuses!

Kate CP - posted on 11/02/2010

8,942

36

758

Deep freeze milk will last six months. Other than that you go by the rule of three:
3 hours room temp
3 days in the fridge
3 months in the freezer.

Kimberly - posted on 11/02/2010

705

59

52

Coincidentally, my local milk bank just contacted me yesterday to become alumnae and to get the word out about donation. I was waiting to receive their info packet before posting on COM. I will email the director and ask about any Canadian efforts.

Kimberly - posted on 11/02/2010

705

59

52

I was fortunate enough to have a local milk bank. I donated everything I had in the hospital fridge- 704 ozs.

My home fridge was also packed full and I needed the space for my fresh supply and actually checked Craig's List to see if anyone was looking for breast milk. I found one ad from a woman that was trying to offer her milk as well. I emailed her and asked if she had gotten any takers. She had a few people inquire but nothing serious. She offered to take my milk and put it in her deep freeze to donate to an organization that sends milk to Africa for AIDS babies. They weren't accepting for a couple of more months but she knew I didn't have the space. I dropped them off to her and within a week she received a request from a local woman. She asked if she could have it and I had no problem with it. I think it's worth a shot. Maybe you can have a doctor test your blood for anything that could be transfered to the recipient before posting an ad. My local milk bank tested my blood before accepting my donation, that's why I felt safe. If you get any takers just show them your blood work results. Best of luck.

[deleted account]

I really commend all you women wanting to donate milk. That's awesome. I agree that it can be frozen and I did with my excess milk and Roxanne had it once she was using a cup. She LOVED it! Kate also had a great idea about contacting the milk bank and getting yourself set up to donate.

I hate that the ratings are working. I'm "click" happy and my needs aren't being met. ACK!

Jocelyn - posted on 11/02/2010

5,165

42

275

I know :(
I make milk like it's nothing, and lots of it, so I really wanted to donate my extra to a milk bank, but alas, I'm in Alberta...

[deleted account]

If you have a deep freeze it will last a year, if it's just a regular freezer attached to your fridge I think it will last 6 months but it should stay in the back.

Cyndel - posted on 11/02/2010

754

24

54

perhaps find a mom who is having trouble producing enough milk at church or work and offer her your extra. hope this helps

[deleted account]

It lasts for up to a year frozen. You could freeze it for use when you start to wean her. You may never need it, but a lot of my friends babies liked the breast milk in a cup more than cows milk and it helped transition them from breast to cup.

Sharon - posted on 11/02/2010

11,585

12

1315

That does suck. I'm sorry. To be so generous and wind up stymied by local stuff.

Can you start or back a local breast bank effort? maybe in coordination with your hospital?

Rosie - posted on 11/02/2010

8,657

30

321

that would make me feel creepy too. you could freeze it, and maybe a friend could use it later or something? i don't know how long it lasts in the freezer. i would feel bad about dumping it too. sorry i'm no help! :(

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms