We all know “breast is best” but do we know about milk donations?
Within the first 6 weeks of giving birth, we have a postnatal appointment to attend. One of the first questions they are ready to ask is, if you bottle or breast feed or both.
But did they ever ask if I wanted to donate my milk and if I was over producing?
Having my first child, I hardly knew anything and I was all ears when any of the health professionals would give me advice. You have so much to think of when having your first baby. I was constantly on-line, going to mother and baby events and speaking to other new mums but I was never told about United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB). Why not?
I thought I did all my research on everything to do with breast feeding. As well as finding out the benefits. I knew what product's to buy for expressing and where the local 'Sure Start' school was, that held breastfeeding sessions for help.
But no one told me I could ever donate my milk! Why not?
I feel that a breast milk donation isn’t really promoted enough and I want to bring awareness to it.
Whilst breastfeeding I would feel guilty that I would have to express the milk and sometimes pour it down the drain; what a waste I thought. One day I actually goggled 'giving breast milk'. I learnt
about breast milk banks for the first time. I immediately called my local hospital and I was informed that there was 'no bank' local to me. The closest on one would be hour away in London traffic.
Having been told this information I just thought what a shame and continued my busy life of being a 'new mum'. I never thought of it again until now, which is two years on.
Sometime you just have to sit back and reflex on how you have raised your child to see what you would do better next time round. The next time around I would definitely like to donate my milk.
What would you do?!
I would love to get your views on this.
Did you even know, you could do it? What do you think, morally? Does your view change if it were your child needing the milk?
What about the argument that you won’t miss it if you are producing enough for your child? Is it like an extra pair of jeans that you won’t miss? Or do you feel differently.
For more information on this topic please visit: http://www.ukamb.org
Let’s all educate new mother, friends and even you partner on how to help others.