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Re: “Vermont Donor Milk Center to Open in Early 2020

This is a wonderful service that is SO needed in this area. When my son was born, he was on a ventilator & I wasn't even able to hold him for the first 10 days. He couldn't make much in the way of typical baby noises that trigger milk production and literally never cried (not once) until he was nearly 6 months old. In spite of pumping religiously, taking supplements & medications, doing breast massage and literally begging my body at 3am not to fail me, my milk supply never really came in and I struggled and sobbed through hours and hours of pumping and trying to coax my son to stay awake long enough while nursing to help. Unfortunately nothing helped and I felt nothing but guilt and stress about it for the 4 months I forced myself to force every drop I could get--sometimes only amounting to 1 or 2 ounces in a whole day. Finally, my husband told me I needed to quit, and he was right. It wasn't healthy for me to stress out so much about breastmilk when there was so much more going on with our son's health and medical conditions. I gave up & I felt both relief and intense guilt when I did. I wished there was a safe, well screened, local alternative...preferably affordable, but there wasn't. My sister donated her surplus milk to us when she came to visit with her newborn, shortly after our son turned 6 months old. It was both wonderful and heartbreaking to watch her nurse my glutton of a baby nephew, at will, with no issues and then pump for 15 minutes after he had eaten his fill and still get more ounces than I ever was able to produce in one session. But she couldn't use it all during her visit, and she couldn't take it all the 17 hours back home, and the reality was, she didn't need it and neither did my nephew. So she decided to pump in between every feeding, too & at the end of her 10 day visit, she gave us nearly 100 ounces of breast milk that I knew was safe. Her kindness allowed us to give our son the health benefits of 3 ounces of breast milk per day for another month. It is a gift I will never be able to repay her for.

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Posted by mamamacmurtry on 11/21/2019 at 7:16 PM
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