Mama’s Milk

21 Mar 2011 Milk Sharing Stories

Thank you Gretchen

That Mama Gretchen

This is a mega long post … bear with me as I spill my heart all over the internet :)

It was very difficult for our family to decide for me to return to work at the end of my blissful, 18-week maternity leave. But, with all trying situations in life there is a silver lining.

At the time of our decision we didn’t know about the silver lining. I honestly didn’t feel like there was much purpose for my return to work. Well, other than the lovely paycheck that graces our bank account every 2 weeks. I felt, and still do feel, that my primary purpose is caring for my daughter, husband and home. It’s not easy feeling pulled in so many directions.

The week before I returned to work I discovered I had excess lipase in my stored breast milk. Here’s a layman’s version of what this means … Excess lipase is an enzyme which helps milk to be digested. When there is extra lipase the milk starts to digest before it is consumed. This process makes the milk smell/taste bad once thawed. My sister was a Biology minor and is almost a middle school science teacher could probably give you the whole molecular break down of this, but the bottom line is, before you store too much milk check it for lipase!

So, there I was, one week before returning to work with 200+ ounces of frozen milk that Jemma wouldn’t drink. Lipase milk can be corrected by a simple scalding process, but only before the milk is frozen. I wasn’t worried about my supply. I knew I would be able to pump, scald and store enough milk for her once I returned to work. So the question was … what was I to do with the 200+ ounces I had pumped during my maternity leave?

Being the info gatherer I am, I discovered Simply Rebekah’s blog and began researching donation. The San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank is the closest to my hometown and in February I started the screening process. Excess lipase is not an issue when donating to a milk bank for a number of reasons. I was, and still am, thrilled to find a way to share the milk we could not otherwise use.

While I worked through the screening process (a simple application, waiver from my and Jemma’s doctor and a blood test) I continued pumping during my 2 breaks at work. Each evening my sweet husband or I scald the milk and prepare it for storage – either in the fridge for Jemma to drink the next day or the freezer for later use.

By the end of February our chest freezer was brimming with milk. Some was unscalded and waiting for my donor approval with Mother’s Milk Bank. Some was scalded and waiting for Jemma. This is where the silver lining really starts to shine …

Right now Jemma only drinks 4 ounces of milk during the day – a snack in the morning and a snack in the afternoon. Her nanny brings her to my work each day for a hefty nursing lunch. And she nurses throughout the night. Lucky me :) This cycle leaves us with lots of extra milk on a weekly basis. I have replenished our freezer stores with scalded milk and still have ounces to spare.

Enter Eats of Feets.

This non profit organization is located on Facebook, divided by state and is a resource for informal milk sharing. Moms in need of milk post a donation request and moms with extra milk post donations available. Search Eats on Feets on Facebook to find your chapter and you’ll see what I mean. Each mom screens their own donor and sets up all the details of their milk sharing partnership. It’s actually quite simple and quite genius.

Through Eats on Feets I have connected with a wonderful mom and 8 month old baby who are able to use my extra milk. This little one has benefited from donor milk for the last 4 months and I am one of her donors!

When I tear up over being a working mom I’m encouraged knowing that my milk is nourishing Jemma, my Eats on Feets baby and many others who are receiving my milk through Mother’s Milk Bank. This is my silver lining. This is the purpose I need to get up each work day and leave home. If I hadn’t returned to work I most likely wouldn’t have started pumping. If I hadn’t started pumping I would have never learned about excess lipase, Mother’s Milk Bank or Eats on Feets. But since I do work outside of the home, I do pump and now I’m able to pass on the blessing of my extra milk. That is fulfilling. It reminds be of the verse in Isaiah where we are promised “beauty from ashes”. Sharing my milk is a beautiful thing born out of the sorrow of leaving my baby at home each day.

I know not everyone is blessed with extra or even enough milk. Since I am, it feels wonderful to share the blessing. I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Pumping is a very small sacrifice for me. I’ll most likely pump with my future babies if the circumstances allow so I can continue as a donor. Eats on Feets often talks about milk being a free flowing resource and therefore should be shared. I agree.

This post has been a few weeks in the making. Initially I hesitated sharing about my experience. Informal milk sharing (also know as peer to peer milk sharing) has been in the media quite a bit lately and it doesn’t always have a positive spin. But, for me and the mama/baby I’ve teamed up with, it’s right.

I decided to only send my excess lipase milk to Mother’s Milk Bank for a few reasons. The main ones are the accessibility and cost. Milk from a milk bank is only available with a prescription and it costs approximately $4/ounce (a processing fee, the actual milk is free). The little baby I donate to needs around 30 ounces each day. If she had a prescription (which she doesn’t) it would cost her family $120 every day; an unrealistic cost for most. Informal milk sharing fills a need within every community and as long as it’s free, the risks are quite low. When it’s free there isn’t an incentive for moms to pump and share other than their desire to give. It takes time, emotional energy and in my case lots of food. I swear, I have never eaten more in my life. Nursing kicks up my hunger like no other! And, if you think about it, milk sharing has been around forever in the form of wet nurses. In so many ways it takes a village to raise a child; milk sharing is just one of them.

So, that’s that. A long, but heartfelt story of this mama’s milk. If you’ve never nursed it probably sounds quite foreign. Don’t let it scare you. Breastfeeding is truly a gift. Whether you do if for a day, month, year or beyond nothing equates to nourishing a baby with something so unique as breast milk. Before taking on this “womanly art” I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into – milk blisters, clogged ducts, excess lipase, formal donation and informal sharing. It’s been a journey to say the least!

I can’t help but close with a big thank you to these wonderful people/organizations who have helped me along my nursing journey:

  • My mom who nursed my sisters and I when we were babies (a rough total of 48 months between the 3 of us). She also helped me survive the process of my milk coming in (which happened on my 24th birthday), bought me cabbage for engorgement and provides lots of ongoing nursing support. She bought me my first few nursing bras too :)
  • My husband who has been the ultimate breastfeeding supporter.
  • My mother-in-law who set a wonderful example of a successful working/nursing mom.
  • My 2 La Leche League leaders who have answered TONS of questions. If you are not a part of LLLI and are nursing, join a group! It is so fun to meet up with other nursing moms who get what you are going through. It is lovely to not feel alone.
  • The San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank for accepting what I first thought was useless milk. Very sick babies survive because of their work.
  • Eats on Feets for creating a priceless network of moms and babies. Little ones all over are getting otherwise unattainable milk due to their organization, persistence and philosophy.

To date I have donated 382 ounces of milk. As I write, a big box is being overnight shipped to San Jose for processing. Tomorrow I’ll be meeting up with my Eats on Feets mama/baby with another 62 ounces. Because I have been blessed, I am choosing to bless others. Beauty from ashes. My silver lining in an otherwise difficult situation.

Please comment with how have you been able to bless someone lately. Big or small, our sacrifices and kind words make others’ lives easier. And, if you have any questions, comments or concerns about what I’ve shared don’t hesitate to comment or email me at thatmamagretchen@gmail.com.

Breaking the stigma of milksharing – Informed Choice

15 Mar 2011 Milk Sharing Stories

by Dinnae Galloway – follow her on her blog

Just ME – One Post at a Time

Recently I posted a link to Human Milk 4 Human Babies (HM4HB) on my facebook wall.  I am eager to pass on the information that there is a grassroots movement out there to encourage INFORMED, mama-to-mama milksharing!  The group was recently re-named so there were a bunch of us posting the new name and new site to our walls.
Not long after I posted the link, an old friend from highschool posted on my wall: “This may be a silly question: But do people actually donate their breast milk to other moms who need it?”
And of course, I replied.  :)  Then it got me thinking, I REALLY should blog about this, because whilst my facebook wall is only viewable to my friends list, my blog is viewable to the WORLD.  Anything to get the word out!
And my reply to her was this (edited to add links, etc):
The simple answer: OH YEAH BABY! ;)
And the more complex answer (picture me getting on my soapbox…):
I’m actually in the process of giving over 100 oz of frozen milk I have to a mum in Kelowna with a baby about the same age as Riley (my youngest, he’s almost 4 months old).  I’ve been blessed/cursed with over-supply, especially in the first 3 months post-partum, with all 3 of my boys.  This time around, within 10 days of Riley being born, I was pumping 8 to 10 oz per feed, and he was only eating 2 to 3 oz.  For me, it can be a curse, because I am unable to feed naturally without pain (unless using a breast shield) for the first couple of months.  Once my supply settles down (around the 3 to 4 month mark), I’m good to go.  This being my 3rd baby, I was feeding naturally (without shields, and without pumping) by 3 months, which was just awesome to me. :D
Conversely, with all the stresses in today’s society (stress SERIOUSLY affects milk supply), limited support and education (at a grassroots level, ie: mum and aunties helping you, teaching you – which is a much better way to learn than just reading), and the “taboo” nature of breastfeeding (“ew, boobs are for sex, not food!”), some mums are finding breastfeeding nigh on impossible, at least without some supplementation.  And until more grassroots support is available (ie: we de-taboo breastfeeding, daddies understand how IMPORTANT their support is to mama, and women don’t feel inadequate by discussing their issues), donated ebm is the perfect solution.
Expressed breast milk (ebm) is the BEST source of nutrition for human babies next to straight from the source.  Preemies and addict babies ESPECIALLY benefit from ebm - Jenna Elfman (aka Dharma) donated excess ebm that she had in her freezer to a couple that had adopted an addict baby — and the drs say that the only reason that baby is now thriving is because he got that ebm from Jenna.  Neil Patrick Harris was on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson talking about getting milk from a milk bank, because his adopted daughter (one of twins) doesn’t deal well with formula.
Basically, formula is either dairy or soy-based.  Soy has been proven to have high amounts of estrogen – not so good for babies (some babies even get boobies from it – boys included!!).  Dairy is made for baby cows, not baby humans.  Cows have completely different digestive tracts than humans (including FOUR STOMACHS!), so it’s not surprising that MANY babies’ tummies don’t deal well with formula, and it causes many complications, including gas, reflux, and down the road, lactose intolerance, allergies, asthma and eczema… just to name a few.  According to the WHO, bottle feeding a baby formula is a LAST DITCH option for feeding babies, it ranks number 5, after donated ebm, wet-nursing and even feeding formula from a CUP.  And in their document, Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, it says on Page 10: “Infants who are not breastfed, for whatever reason, should receive special attention from the health and social welfare system since they constitute a risk group.”  That some pretty scary stuff, yet our western society chooses formula very nonchalantly, like it’s no big deal.
Culturally, western society is having a hard time dealing with this “notion” because… ew, it’s a bodily fluid!!!  Ummm, hello?  And what, pray tell, is dairy milk?  Don’t get me wrong, I loooooooove milk, we go through 3 4L jugs in about a week in this house, but if I stop to think about the fact that it’s a bodily fluid from a COW… yeah, I’d much rather the stuff that was MEANT to be for humans.  Salma Hayek nursed an African baby last year… but our society was collectively “grossed out” by it.  Because, ew, that’s just gross, giving a baby much needed milk. :/
In the 80s, Canada had over 20 operating milk banks nationally.  Now?  ONLY ONE.  ONE, in Vancouver.  I don’t know about the one in Van, but milk banks in the States CHARGE for ebm, and on one forum post I read about it, it costs about $120/day to feed a baby ebm from a milk bank.  $120 a day!!!!!
The lady behind getting HM4HB up and running (Emma Kwasnica) said something that a lot of people are quoting now: “Breastmilk is not some sort of scarce commodity; it is a free flowing resource.”  There are lots of mums out there like me, who have oversupply, and have a freezer full of milk (liquid gold! ;) ) that will go bad if it’s not used… so why not provide that milk for a baby that needs it?
BM has probiotics, antibodies, antifungal and antibacterial properties, and ALL the goodness a baby needs (not just SOME, it is THE PERFECT FOOD)…. and if a mama is unable to give that to her baby, she should have the option available to her to give her baby ebm from another mama.
I realise that there are mums who choose to formula feed, and that’s fine, provided that they have all the information.  National recalls were going on due to contaminated formula – the companies were cutting corners to save a buck (rumours were flying that some execs KNEW about the contamination!) – and we’re feeding this to our BABIES?  No worries about recall from boobie milk.  lol  Formula is a necessity, many babies would die without it, I don’t deny that, but it shouldn’t be the first go-to solution (and the WHO most definitely agrees!).
Okay, so maybe I should step down from my soapbox now.  ;)
Please don’t EVER think any question, ESPECIALLY about breastmilk, or breastfeeding, is silly to me.  (um, and including, natural birth, home birth, etc. ;) )  THAT is where the education and support starts – when people are honest and look to expand their knowledge and make informed choices by asking questions.
And her response was so awesome, and the reason why I decided to blog this:
“It is quite a concept. I have to admit, I was kind of like “ew, gross….feeding your baby someone else’s milk” I’ll admit it….kind of gross. But I guess the points you make are true esp. regarding the one about cow’s milk being a bodily fluid! Pretty awesome that you are a milk making machine and that you can donate your milk to another mom in need. Thanks for the info….definitely something to think about :)
I just want to say thanks to MK for prompting me to blog about this… it’s information that NEEDS to be out there: parents need to know ALL the options available to them.

Milk sharing- near and dear to my heart

9 Mar 2011 Milk Sharing Stories

From Leslie

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Milk sharing ~ My story

This post is definitely one of things that are near and dear to my heart. Milk sharing. Here’s my story.
The beginning of my story started over 7 years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child. I was 18 years old and had not lifted a finger to educate myself on pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. I guess I just figured that since everyone else did things a certain way, that was just the way I was supposed to as well. I actually remember trying to call the hospital where I was going to give birth and asking if there was any way I could attend a birthing class when I couldn’t afford it, but they turned me away. So, when my son decided to come 6 weeks early, I was completely unprepared. My son was immediately taken to the NICU after his birth a
nd I didn’t get to spend time with him until hours later. They would not let me nurse my son in
the NICU for the first few days as he was being tube fed and they said that he was ‘breathing too fast’ for me to put him to the breast. That if I did he would likely suffocate. What did I know? I was barely 19 years old and had no education on how to breastfeed. I figured the doctors wouldn’t lead me astray. So back to my hospital room I went with instructions to rent a hospital grade pump and try to bring some milk to my son. During my first pumping session I *think* I got maybe half an ounce of colostrum between both sides. But I kept on going, pumping every 2 hours everyday. And finally, on his final day in the NICU, they allowed me to hold my baby and try breastfeeding him. I remember thinking that there was nothing ‘natural’ about it…all the nurses hands all over the place, tubes, wires, strange sounds. I just wanted to take my baby home so that we could try this breastfeeding and bonding thing without all the distractions. After
returning home (with an apnea monitor in tow) he still didn’t take to my breast well. He seemed totally disinterested, and in my frustration, I just pumped and fed him via bottles. Never once
did I have anyone support my decision to breastfeed, and in fact I had quite the opposite. All the doctors and family members kept saying, “Just give him formula. You can’t keep pumping and feeding him. It’s too hard.” And after a month of pumping and feeding him through bottles, I gave up. It’s so hard to type those words and all the emotions come flooding back to me. I gave up on my son. I gave up on giving him the best. To this day I still feel as though I failed him. Even though my son was a preemie, I never heard a single thing about milk banks or donated breastmilk. Never.
So, when my second child came along, I still had all those negative thoughts in my mind, but I
really did WANT to be successful at breastfeeding her. I had read a little bit on the subject, but still didn’t have any local support. I was very happy (and honestly shocked) at how well our breastfeeding relationship started. Within 30 minutes or so of her birth, I was holding her and
attempting to latch her on for the first time. And boy, did she latch on just fine!! She was happily sucking away within minutes and things were just so smooth, I really felt like it was too good to be true. And of course, in my pediatrician’s eyes, it was. At her 2 week well-visit, she was an ounce below her birth weight and the pedi was ‘concerned’ that she wasn’t getting enough milk. She asked that we bring her back in a week. 6 days later, she had gained 6 oz, but the pediatrician wasn’t happy with that and recommended that I supplement with formula. Looking back now, I know how ridiculous that was, but at the time, I still was not educated on how breastfed babies gained weight after birth. And between trying to find a new job and feed a new
baby, I couldn’t figure out how to do both and just ended up putting her completely on formula by a month old. Again, I had failed.
With my third child, I cannot tell you how passionate I was about breastfeeding her. There were simply NO doubts in my mind that I WOULD be successful in breastfeeding my child! I read all I could, talked to women online who had breastfed their babies for at least a year and just really psyched myself up to have an awesome breastfeeding relationship with my baby. When the time came and I gave birth at the birth center, things went just as planned. Within 15 minutes of her birth, I was out of the tub, on the bed and she was latched on for a good hour. It was perfect. I just knew things were off to a great start. I did make sure to set my goals realistically though. My first goal was to make it to 6 weeks. If I could just get to 6 weeks of breastfeeding, then I had
surpassed my previous ‘records’ and would be really proud of myself. I had no idea that those
first 3 weeks would be so difficult. I was in constant pain. My nipples felt so raw and were even cracking and bleeding. I dreaded each feeding and would cry everytime I tried to latch baby on. My husband was even yelling at me to just go get her some formula. But I adamantly refused. I would NOT feed this baby formula, no matter what it took! At 3 weeks, we finally found out what the problem was. I went to visit a friend of mine who had previously attended births as a doula. She watched me nurse my little girl and noticed that her bottom lip was being sucked under every time she latched. I simply started pulling it out at the beginning of each feeding and….the pain was gone!!! Within a few weeks, everything felt fine and our breastfeeding relationship finally became ‘mutually desirable’! The relief and joy that came over me was indescribable. I loved breastfeeding my baby and I wasn’t afraid to tell anyone any different.
When I finally hit 6 weeks of breastfeeding my little girl….I’ll admit….I was so proud of myself
that I cried. I had FINALLY reached my first breastfeeding goal! And I only had 2 more goals to go….3 months and 6 months of exclusively breastfeeding. When all was said and done, my third child was breastfed for 20 months. She weaned when I was 4.5 months pregnant with my fourth child, and I honestly wish she had gone longer. Just such a beautiful and fulfilling experience.
My fourth child is now 4 months old and hasn’t had anything besides mommy’s milk from day 1. This is where the milk sharing finally comes into play. I remember that with my third child, I had to pump off some milk before most feedings and freeze it because I had such an oversupply. Eventually I just wound up throwing it all out because we didn’t use it and I didn’t know that I could donate it. But when my 4th baby was just 2 weeks old, I attended the Global Breastfeeding Challenge and received a flier about the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas. I was immediately
interested in helping out in any way I could! The challenge took place on a Saturday, so first thing Monday morning, I made sure to put a call into the milk bank to become a donor. They did a quick phone screening, then sent me a packet of paperwork to fill out and return to them, along with a script to go get blood work done to test me for any diseases. I think in all the process took about a week to fully complete, but when all was said and done, I was a MILK DONOR!! And SO happy about it! I had already started pumping the week after the challenge and within a month had collected 100 oz to take to the milk bank. The sense of fulfillment I got from sharing my milk was just as great as when I was finally able to breastfeed my own child successfully past a
month.
Just a few weeks after I had contacted the milk bank to become a donor, another milk sharing
group started up. And through this movement, I have been able to bless a few mamas with milk for their little ones. Eats on Feets was created in late 2010 and local chapters have popped up all over the globe in just a few short months! The whole idea behind EOF is this: breastmilk is a free-flowing resource (as posted on FB by Emma Kwasnica, co-founder of EOF Global) and mamas who are in need of milk should be able to have a place where they can find mamas donating milk without worrying about who gets first priority (usually only preemies get milk
bank milk as they’re seen as having the highest need and there isn’t enough to go around to all babies in need) or about the cost (milk bank milk averages between $3-$4 PER OUNCE). I immediately joined my local chapter and donated to mamas as I could. I’m currently pumping about 15 oz a day and still have mamas in need that I do not have enough for. The demand in my area is so overwhelming and I feel heartbroken that I cannot help them all. Yet I pump and
donate as I can and my heart is just overflowing with joy when I see those precious little babies thriving! I only wish I knew about milk sharing 7 years ago when I had my son. Maybe I
wouldn’t have felt like I had failed. Maybe I still would. But I sure would’ve known that I had done all I could for my son, that I gave him the best that I could. Now, I’m just hoping that I can bless another family who is in a similar situation, just wanting the best for their baby.
PLEASE…if you are willing and able, go join your local Eats on Feets chapter today and giv
e the gift of mama’s milk!!

does this make me a wet nurse?

9 Mar 2011 Milk Sharing Stories

Author: thegnomesmom

I’m sure that conventionally your first post should be about yourself & your blog, an introduction of sorts. Sorry to disappoint you traditionalists. I am way too excited about what I did last night for all that!

Last night I fed another woman’s baby with my breastmilk. Not with my actual breast, but I donated 50 ounces of expressed breastmilk from my freezer to a woman who needed it. I connected with her through a facebook site called Eats on Feets Texas. I had a freezer full of milk that I had pumped for my own son and never used. She has a baby with GERD and elevated liver enzymes (due to low calorie intake) who she didn’t want to feed formula. It was really a simple process, her husband is a musician and had a gig in the vicinity of where I live. He stopped by last night and picked up the frozen bags of milk from my husband and put them in a cooler full of ice his wife had provided.

Hubby said he was extremely grateful when accepting the milk. I can understand that. I was dead set on breastfeeding. After all, breast is best and we all want the best for our children. I knew the statistics - The most recent CDC data shows that 3 out of every 4 new mothers in the United States now starts out breastfeeding.  However, rates of breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months as well as rates of exclusive breastfeeding at 3 and 6 months remain stagnant and low. I also knew it would be hard, could hurt, and I would want to give up. I didn’t know that my milk would take over a week to come in. I didn’t know that my son would lose 11% of his birth weight (getting down to a scary 4lbs, 15oz) and get jaundice. I didn’t know that the hospital would supplement with formula without my permission or knowledge. I didn’t know that at 2 weeks my pediatrician would recommend supplementing with formula because the gnome was still not gaining any weight and still had elevated bilirubin levels.

4 days old, before going to get bili levels checked at the hospital

4lbs, 15oz and very orange

I also didn’t know what a failure this would make me feel like. I am a woman. My body’s purpose is to create and sustain life and my body was failing at this. It was failing me, and worse, it was failing my tiny son. At first, my milk wasn’t enough for him. So after I cried about how life wasn’t fair, I nursed the gnome and then I opened the can of formula the pediatrician’s office sent me home with and I made my son a bottle. And then I pumped. And I pumped. After every feeding I pumped. And slowly I was able to supplement with my own milk and not formula. And slowly he started gaining weight. And I stopped having to supplement. And I kept pumping. I filled up my freezer with 100 ounces of breastmilk. Any woman who’s pumped knows what an accomplishment that is.

I was scared to part with all of it. But I was thrilled to be able to give half of it to a woman & baby who needed it. And yesterday, I also finally threw out that 1/2 a can of formula that has been sitting in my kitchen for two months. I know now that my body just needed a little help. Now not only can I sustain my son, but I helped sustain someone else’s daughter. I am not a failure. I am a mother.

3 months old & all mommy’s milk from 3 weeks on

What do you think about milk sharing?

1933 Milk-sharing The Legacy Continues Today

6 Mar 2011 Milk Sharing Stories

by Laura Rickgauer Moore

she doesn’t blog but she does make beautiful hair bows

1933 my great grand mother gave birth to her 4th child. He will be the first child to make out of the 4 children she has already given birth to. That baby was given a fighting chance because of a woman caring enough to offer to breast feed a child not her own and hand express in to mason jars. She had a baby all her own to care for and even during the grate depression every day on a farm was a hard life. Because of her own compassion, that small little life made it. Unaware to her self, SHE GAVE HIM LIFE!!! That baby is my grandfather!!!

I have been a donor since 2006 with the birth of first child a my preemie. Since then and 2 more children later, i have donate to over 30 babies. Some one time donations some on going. Its been thousands of oz shared between myself and babies in need.I do motivational speaking, shipping support for the HM4HB, donor recipient match up, Education on donator milk process and i am a breastfeeding counselor. I have worked with local wic offices and other communities to reaching out and helping moms in need or educate. My husband being in the military has given me a chance to touch so many lives with each move we made across the country. This i give all from my heart to those little lives that need it the most.

With the launch of HM4HB http://www.humanmilk4humanbabies.com/ , i have been blessed enough to be part of that group of amazing woman and have been able to offer my support and reach out so much farther then i ever thought possible. Helping families in Canada, German and Iceland to connect.

As of right know I donate on going to 2 different moms one i ship out to NY and one I have donate over 5000oz to since may 2010. I also donate local as well… to a couple moms!  If emma or any other admin contacts me asking me for help i am glad to step up to the plate and give what i can. I love being a donor and making a difference and given what ever i can. I love sharing what i offer my babies and if i can give that to another child i would do so in a sec.

If it wasn’t for woman sharing milk my grandfather would have never made it and I my not be here today!

Its not always the road u are in life but the lives u touch along the way…

((Hugs Laura ))

U can read about my great grandmothers and my story in this jun. print of wired mag.!

1st photo is of my Grandfather Henry Rickgauer (( the little blond boy )) was taken at Wambalee when they lived on the reservation

2nd photo is the Rickgauer family- Left to right, My great grandfather Edward Rickgauer, Pearl Rickgauer, Henry Rickgauer (( my grandfather )), Helen Rickgauer, And Charles Rickgauer…. taken at Alexandria SD at a Rickgauer reunion

3rd photo is My Grandfather Henry in Wambalee when they lived on the reservation.

- My Great Grandmother pearl and my grandfather Henry are the ones in the photos!! They ware the ones i talk about in my book i am working on and also will be mentioned in the wired mag. interview i did that will be is coming out… :-) wanted to share!!!

Very Proud of my family!!! Proud to be a Rickgauer!!!

These are just some of the families and lives i have touched in donation :-)

- Hill family

- Petroske family

- the leveille family and to baby ziggy

- the coyne family

- the williams family

- the thomas family

- the Scheffler family

- kim Parent and james urra

- the McCreary family

- the Wickman family

And so many others by helping make connections…

(( Be a milk donor and make a difference in a little life ))

Mothers turn to Facebook to help breast feed child
Story Created: Mar 01, 2011 at 4:05 PM America/New_York
I wish I could figure out how to link the video on this story.
Check out the last line and go to the site to watch the video.

LEE COUNTY, Fla – Mothers are turning to Facebook to help keep a steady supply of breast milk for their newborn. “Eats on Feets” allows mothers to donate breast milk to other mothers.

The program has gone global with a number of women living here in Southwest Florida. The Facebook page allows mothers to get in contact with other donors and get the necessary milk for their babies.

The medical community is applauding the program, but warns mothers need to make sure the donor has a clean medical history.

A link to a great video

23 Feb 2011 Milk Sharing Stories

Here is a great video about her journey with Milk Sharing . I have shared her story here before.

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