My newest goal in life is to exist as a mature, female bovine and produce breast milk for the world to drink…
Or maybe just to help preterm babies get a nutritious start to their diet instead of having to rely on formula.
I am VERY EXCITED to announce that I finally submitted my application to become a member of Mother’s Milk Cooperative! There is a severe shortage of donor breast milk in the United States and through this cooperative, I can be apart of the solution. Mother’s Milk Cooperative is the one and only cooperative milk bank, with the ultimate goal of helping mothers provide affordable and high quality breast milk. It is the one and only milk bank owned and controlled by its donors. They believe that mothers should shape the future of milk banking. In order to ensure this possibility, they are the first paid milk donation program in the United States. All members have the option to enroll in paid and donation based programs.
This program has been roaming around in the back of my mind for quite a few months now. I have already conversed with the medical staff regarding my qualifications. If my initial application is approved, I will be sent a blood test kit to have my blood drawn by a LabCorp phlebotomist and shipped to The American Red Cross for processing. If I pass my medical history and blood work screening, I will receive my first cooler to ship my first donation! A minimum of 300 ounces are required per shipment. All members must donate 100 ounces to cover donation qualification expenses. After the initial 100 ounces, members are paid $1.00 per ounce of breast milk.
This is a pretty cool gig when you have an excessive amount of breast milk on your hands… or should I say in your mammary glands! I would have applied sooner, but I was worried about somehow messing up breastfeeding for my son. I was paranoid due to my breastfeeding errors with baby number one. But since my boy is 11 months old now (holy cow), I would say he is going strong! He prefers more solid food in the daytime, but he still wants as much milk as he can get at nighttime!
So, please wish me luck! I really hope I qualify for this program. (Please oh please oh please oh please!) I swear that I am all around pretty darn healthy. 🙂