Thursday, September 29, 2011

World Milk Sharing Week

It's World Milk Sharing week and I just thought I would write up a little post about my experience with milk sharing. First of all I am so incredibly grateful to the three wonderful women, two found through Facebook's Human Milk for Human Babies and one friend, who have shared their milk with Scarlett and I. I am proud to say that because of these wonderful women Scarlett has been given only breastmilk! In the last two months my milk supply has started to dramatically decrease despite pumping 6-7 times a day and some days of power pumping. I was only making 10-15oz per day which was definitely not enough for Scarlett. Thanks to some wonderful donors I did not have to use formula. I have decreased my pumping sessions now to 3-4 times a day because I was starting to go crazy. Scarlett is so mobile now and into everything. I was also feeling bad about spending so much time with my pump and not enough time with my daughter. I am only making 8-10 oz now but with my donors support will hopefully be able to keep Scarlett on breastmilk til she is about 10 1/2 or 11 months. So all in all, I am so thankful to you wonderful women who pump out your extra milk for those of us struggling to make enough!! I will forever be indebted to you! I wish more women would consider the option of milksharing vs formula feeding.

Milksharing Websites:
Human Milk for Human Babies:
Eats on Feets:
CafeMom Sharemilk:

In case your like some of my family and unsure about the possible dangers of milksharing vs formula feeding this article by PHD in parenting addresses some of those concerns:

So Happy Milksharing Week!! And if you are breastfeeding I urge you to consider milksharing! It may make a difference for some wonderful child and his/her mother struggling to make enough!

Please feel free to comment on your experiences with milksharing or your thoughts on the subject.

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