When I went back to work with my oldest daughter, my milk supply dropped drastically. I was a middle school science teacher and didn’t get many breaks during the day to go into another room to pump. I tried to keep up my supply in order for her to have all of the bottles she needed throughout the day, but I just wasn’t putting out what she was taking in. Unfortunately because of the circumstances I was forced to supplement formula, which was really something I personally did not want to do.
With Avery, I have had the amazing pleasure of working from home. She is with me pretty much all the time and rarely gets a bottle. I usually pump right before I go to bed at night and when I wake up in the morning because I am so engorged. With Avery not taking a bottle and me storing all of the milk I am pumping, I have created a pretty big stock pile in my freezer. A lot of it was used when I went away a couple of weeks ago, but it is being replenished on a daily basis. I was pretty impressed with my ever growing pile of milk in my freezer, until I came across this story of a woman who blows my stock pile out of the water.
North Texas mom, Alicia Richman, broke the Guinness Book of World Records for donating more than 11,000 ounces of breastmilk to her local milk bank. According to CBS DFW, Richman, who had her son last year, pumped on a regular basis. After filling two freezers with her milk, she decided to put it to good use and donated it to her local milk bank, The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, which provides breastmilk to critically ill and premature babies. After a year of donating more than 7,000 ounces of breastmilk, Richman decided to go for the world record to bring awareness to the importance of milk banks.
I am in awe of this woman and what she is doing for other babies in Texas. I was so inexperienced and naive when I had my oldest daughter, Harlan, that I didn’t even know milk banks existed. Had I known, I probably would have tried to contact one for breastmilk for her to try to supplement.
Richman’s story has inspired me to search for a local milk bank to donate some of my milk pile that is currently taking over our very tiny freezer in our apartment. I had thought about doing it before, but always put it off. I’m not going to do that this time. I realize how fortunate I am to be able to produce and save as much breast milk as I am and I would love to pay it forward to women who are struggling with doing the same.
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