What to do with Extra breast milk
As a mother of 4 I have experienced breastfeeding on all different levels! from too much milk to zero milk and other things in between! Today we're going to talk about what to do when were on the too much milk side! Did you know that for the first time ever Utah opened a fully functional milk bank! Yay for those that donate and receive milk in Utah!
Located in South Salt lake the Mountain West Mothers Milk Bank not only accepts milk, it sorts, pasteurizes, treats and freezes the milk for medically fragile infants. Before now to donate milk in Utah you would have to drop it at a designated drop off. The milk then would be shipped to Denver where it would go through the process before being distributed back to Utah, In that process so much milk was lost due to heat, dropping, sitting on the dock to long. They say 10% of the milk would be lost in transportation. To a nursing mother that is a SAD day!
There are lots of reasons why breast milk would be needed, here's a few of them:
- problems or difficulties with feeding;
- immune problems;
- hypoglycemia or jaundice, gut priming, or trophic feeds;
- allergy prevention; or
- metabolic disorders
- Many mother's that have premature or sick babies may have other medical issues making it almost impossible to provide enough milk for their little ones, making the donated milk a nutritional gift to the babies in need.
- Be in good health
- Be a non smoker
- Have negative blood test for viruses
- Not use any regular medications except for the approved few.
- Dink limited or no coffee or alcohol
- Be willing to donate at least 150 ounces through out the time she is a donor.
- Have a medical release signed by both the mother's and baby's doctor.
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