We all know “breast is best” but do we know about milk donations?

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 Continue reading “We all know “breast is best” but do we know about milk donations?”