They share their precious "liquid gold" (breast milk) with other babies who are in need.
May it be a baby who's mother is unable to breast feed, an adopted baby, or even sick babies who are in need of an immune booster, which breast milk is the best thing for.
Before looking into adoption, I had never heard of, or even given this concept any thought.
I just assumed that if a baby was unable to get breast milk, for whatever reason, that the baby would be put on formula.
I am very thankful that I was introduced to this awesome way of helping our baby be the healthiest she can be, and giving her the best start possible.
Our little Sugar Bear is almost 7 months old, adopted, and has never had an ounce of formula, and never will.
I pump twice a day, and usually get about 6-8 oz each time (see my entry on adoptive breast feeding). All of her other feedings are that of donated breast milk from generous women in our area.
We have a deep freezer FULL of it!!
These gracious women who donate, **do not ask for a dime**. They do it solely out of the kindness of their hearts.
They are feeding the same milk to their own baby, and most of them are health conscience, and have an abundant supply of milk that they would rather share then throw down the drain.
A Dr's screening is provided, if requested by the recipient, showing that the donor mother does not have any illnesses, and is healthy.
I feel very confident we are doing the right thing by giving our daughter donated breast milk. She is very healthy and happy. She has never been sick and I thank God everyday for the donation of breast milk to keep my baby healthy.
Thanks to a global organization who operates on facebook, called HM4HB (Human Milk 4 Human Babies), women who feel the same way as my husband and I, are able to post if they are in need of milk, or if they want to donate milk.
Its awesome!!!! I am so beyond thankful that I was introduced to this way of life for my baby girl. I have a feeling she would thank me:)
As a mother, nurse, and person who follows my instincts, I 100% feel like I am doing the right thing.
I want more women to know that this is an option for them.
~~~Breast is best, pumped milk is 2nd best, donor milk is 3rd, and lastly formula~
Daddy filling up our freezer