Last edited by shed; 18-10-2008 at 21:59.
I would definitely be willing to donate to a baby that needed EBM - wouldnt matter if i knew them or not. I also wouldnt want more than one blood test.
for about 6mths i was tipping breast milk down the sink cause i had filled every bottle in the house and my DD wouldnt drink from a bottle anyway. It all went to waste. I could have easily fed another baby or two!!
me + DH
DS (Jay) 03/01/03
DD (Isabella) 19/07/07
I've been thinking about this, I wrote up a reply and thought "Oh Nikki, that may not be well received." and closed it. And now I'm here again because I figure I may as well say it.
If I were approached by a friend for their bub, or a bub they knew, I'd gladly do so. I'd expect no reimbursment, maybe the occasional tube of Lanisinoh
However, I wouldn't do it to donate to a milk bank, quite honestly it's too much hassle.. heh.. I expressed for 6 months for Cobey when I went back to work and it was so time consuming, boring, sometimes painful... I don't think I'd do it unless I knew where it was going and that it was being used... and see the benefits, you know?
Nikki ~ Chris
Space Cadet Cobey C. (18/7/06)
Wiggle Worm Eva D. (28/5/09)
If I was still breastfeeding, I would donate, there is a milk bank down here, so it wouldn't be too hard to get the milk to them, I wouldn't go out of my way to produce a certain amout though, I would just give what I could to help a baby
The diseases I ask donors to be screened for are HTLV, hepatitis B, C, HIV 1 and 2, and syphilis.
If I continue to receive from that donor, I'd appreciate re-screening every 4 months. I'd pay all medical and travel costs, and offer to look after their kids while they get the test done.
I would only donate to my family and close friends I think.
In the other thread I said I would rather a wet nurse, purely because I think that breast milk is at it's best straight from the body, and even then it would be from someone I knew really well.
So yes I would donate to family. I have fed my neice before.
"I know human being and fish can coexist peacefully."
Another WTF? moment from George .W. Bush.
A milk bank might get a few donations from me, but that's probably it.
I'd donate to premmies, and to friends. I probably wouldn't bother donating to a healthy newborn infant because like Nikki said, it's boring and tedious to express.
I'd also be hesitant to undergo screening. Prior to pregnancy and breastfeeding, I was a regular blood donor, so I have already been screened for everything.
Well I would be willing to donate EBM and until recently I did have a freezer full, unfortunately, the only milkbank around here is so underresourced they couldn't take my milk
I didn't expect nor want any payment, just for them to collect it and I was happy for them to screen me or the milk as required.
So I wouldn't mind if it was someone I knew or a stranger.
I am no fan of expressing either, but due to an oversupply I did have lots of frozen EBM - luckily I could use it when my DD2 started solids, so it didn't go to waste. I consider it liquid gold!!
Me 35 DH 34
DD 16th Aug 2005
DD 1st Oct 2007
Probably not. I can't express a great deal anyway, usually only 40-50ml if DS misses a feed, and I can usually express nothing after a feed. I don't even bother expressing for him anymore, he usually has one bottle a week when i am at work, and as he is 15months, he has cows milk then. IF I could express easily and had heaps of milk (a friend of a friend expressed over 100mL of colostrum BY HAND before she left hospy as she had so much milk with her 5week premmie) then i would consider it. But also there are no banks nearby, so it would be hard to do too. On that note, I also said in the other thread, that due to our location, I would give formula over doner milk anyway. Location and availability play a big part in my decision.