So I have found myself with two freezers full of breastmilk. Most bags have 8oz per bag in them since I could pump 8oz per side. I realize this is more than Ellie will probably ever use so I looked into donation and found milkin mamas. Here is some info for anyone who is interested:
Why Donate Breast Milk
Why is donor milk so important? Human breast milk is vital to the health and well-being of all babies, but for babies born too early, too small or critically ill, donated human milk has the potential to make the difference between a long hospital stay with many complications, or a quicker recovery and the ability to go home sooner. By donating your extra breast milk, you provide critically ill infants with an improved chance for survival.
Your valuable donation of breast milk will be used to make human milk fortifier and standardized human milk from 100% human milk. Both will be available for very low birth weight infants and other seriously ill babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the United States. While a mother’s breast milk can provide a large percentage of her premature baby’s needs, premature infants need more protein and calories than are naturally occurring in mother’s milk. Through consumption of concentrated human milk protein, in the form of a human milk fortifier from 100% human milk, critically ill babies are able to get the nutrition they need to grow while being fed exclusively human milk. Also, when mother’s own milk is not available in the NICU, standardized human milk is made from your donation and can be used to ensure a 100% human milk diet in the NICU. Standardized human milk is processed to ensure that it always has similar calories and protein that would be found in mother’s milk if milk from the mother of the premature baby were available.
Breast milk has been shown in clinical research studies to help babies resist infections and decrease the incidence of serious diseases, such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), sepsis, bacterial meningitis, and ear infections. It contains many components that help protect babies from infection and disease including: proteins (Secretory IgA, lactoferrin and lysosyme) and carbohydrates (oligosaccharides). Human milk also contains nutrients such as lipids, vitamins and trace minerals that support the developing immune system. The antibodies found in breast milk, as well as other human protective molecules are not present in other forms of milk, such as cow’s milk-based fortifier or infant formula.
Milkin’ Mamas works in partnership with Prolacta Bioscience. All milk donated through Milkin’ Mamas is sent directly to Prolacta’s lab to make human milk fortifier and standardized human milk, processed from 100% human breast milk.
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