I’m in! I’m in! I’m in!
I can’t believe it but I have finally been accepted as an active member of the Mother’s Milk Cooperative! Remember when I first applied back in November 2014? I wrote the article below stating how excited I was to be able to help babies in need of human breastmilk to ensure a more natural and nutritious start to their life. SO many babies, especially pre-term and adopted babies, are in need of donor breastmilk and there is a HUGE shortage in the United States.
Confirmation of Personal Success
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I was very determined to breastfeed my son for a full year due to “failing” with my first. My first shot at breastfeeding only lasted five months. I was told by many nurses that I did great but I didn’t feel like I did great. I felt ashamed that I messed up due to my own selfishness and lack of knowledge on the subject. I had many resources to reach out too but I failed to use them. BUT GUESS WHAT? I reached my one year of breastfeeding milestone with my son! I made breastfeeding mistakes the first time and I solved them the second time. Becoming a member of the Mother’s Milk Cooperative is a lovely confirmation of my personal success! <3 I’m so happy!
I’m a Member. Now What?
It was an easy application process to become a member. I applied by filling out an online medical history form. Then I was shipped a blood test kit to have my blood drawn at a local LabCorp facility. I completed that step only four days ago and today I received an acceptance email! The process took about five weeks and that’s mainly because I couldn’t ship my blood test kit back during the holidays. Otherwise, it would have been an even quicker process!
Now, I am working to build my milk storage supply. In order to send in my first shipment, I am required to have a minimum of 300 ounces of breastmilk. Once I have enough, I will request a cooler and send in my first donation! The cooperative pays for all blood test kits, coolers, and shipping expenses. Our only membership fee is a required donation of 100 ounces of breastmilk to cover applicant screening costs. After that, I am able to sell my breastmilk for $1 per ounce. I currently have 208 ounces of breastmilk prepared for the Mother’s Milk Cooperative! That doesn’t even include the 122 ounces I have saved for my son! TOTALLY COOL. The best part (besides doing greater good for mankind 😉 ) is that I have only been casually pumping because I wasn’t sure if I would be accepted into the program. I can’t wait to see how much extra milk I can donate!
Do You Have Excess Breastmilk?
If you are a breastfeeding mother, I strongly encourage you to apply to become a member of the Mother’s Milk Cooperative! This is a rare opportunity to make a difference and help babies get a healthy start in life.
If you are concerned with low milk supply, this is actually a great way to boost it! Pumping in between your baby’s regular feeding schedule helps to INCREASE your milk supply! I started pumping right after my babies were born in order to relieve engorgement and build a freezer supply for when I returned to work. I had so much extra breastmilk saved up! Also, if anyone has the goal of breastfeeding their child until age 2 or older, extra pumping sessions can help maintain your milk supply when your baby gets more distracted during daytime feedings. I have noticed a slight change with my son’s nursing habits recently. He nurses very well before naps, before bedtime and throughout the night but he has been getting more distracted during daytime nursing sessions. This is great because it means he is filling up on solid food during mealtimes but I don’t want my milk supply to dwindle when he is still persistent about getting nighttime feedings.
Overall, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of and help babies in need. For more information, please visit the Mother’s Milk Cooperative website.