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Ok, I see people willing to send breastmilk to people all the time on MDC. How do you do that? On dry ice? Doesn't that cost a lot? Just curious, because I've always wanted to donate, but never knew how people did it or how they afford to do it.<br>
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I'm donating to someone and it's really not that complicated. I pump until I hit 200oz. and then I contact the mom. She has an account with Fed Ex and notifies them that she needs a pickup. I have a medical supply place not too far from me so I phone in an order for dry ice(just so they know I'm coming) and it's about $30 for 10lbs. Basically we set up a day for the pickup and Fed Ex comes on that day and picks it up. Through her acct, the mom pays for the shipping and she reimburses me for dry ice, styrofoam cooler, box(we pack the milk in the ice in a cooler and all inside a box), and she even bought me a pump. I pump in 4oz portions so none is wasted and store in milk storage bags in my freezer until I hit 200oz(that's when it's financially WORTH IT to ship). It's really not that hard. I assume it's pretty pricey to ship since it's DARN heavy but it's worth it for her since SHE sought out a donor to be able to provide human milk for her adopted donor. There's milk banks in nearly every area too in case you want to donate to a bank instead of a person.<br><br>
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thanks for your response. Hmmmm...how do you go about finding a milk bank? Don't they usually heat the milk? Sounds like it would be a whole lot easier than mailing--200 oz - Wow! Sounds like a lot!
 

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i donate locally, so the mom comes to my house to pick it up. i found out about her through our doula who works at the center where we did our childbirth classes.<br><br>
i usually call her once a month and give her the milk that is age appropriate for her little one.
 

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I don't have any info, I just wanted to say that I think the mamas who donate are seriously awesome! I would do it in a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> - I could barely keep up with my own son, though....
 

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I just emailed our local ll leader about this, and looked on their site. Milk banks charge a $2.50 PER OUNCE processing fee for the milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: I hate the idea that someone would have to pay that much. $10 for a 4oz bottle - wow!
 

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Lots of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> for the mamas who donate breastmilk for other babies. What a generous gift! I would do it (obviously not while pregnant :LOL ) if I didn't have constant supply issues myself. I was one of those mamas who almost gave up in the beginning because I didn't have enough for my dd no matter what I did (I was literally pumping round the clock, etc) and ended up taking Reglan to give myself a boost. I'm sure there are mamas out there that have even worse supply issues, or other reasons why they can't BF and appreciate greatly the gift of that 'liquid gold'.
 

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holy moly about the milkbanks! that is insane!
 

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Hi-<br><br>
I'm one of those adoptive moms, looking for milk so I don't have to make the dreaded return to formula for my adorable son! I'm tandem nursing my bio 3 year old and also my adopted son who is now 3 months. He was on formula for 6 weeks because my supply just wouldn't come back up, which nearly killed me, and then we got a huge donation from a NICU mom who had a great supply! Now I've made it my mission not to go back to formula - but it's going to be a long year. I'm trying every local angle I can think of (mom's groups, doulas, LCs, LLL, etc.) with some luck. The milk bank route and even the shipping route is so expensive, so I'm hoping to find people who can donate locally. But I have family in lots of different parts of the country where we could pick up milk or have them bring it to us (you can actually take it on a plane too - I've done this before!). SO, this is a call for help and advice! Do you live in or near: Long Island, NY, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Providence, Boston, Washington DC OR if you live in any of these areas and don't have milk to donate, do you know of sympathetic LC's or doulas or mom's groups that I could email/call to spread the word for me? I'll take any advice you have!<br><br>
thanks!<br>
jen<br><br>
ps I'm not advanced enough at this to put icons in, but that icon of the mom tandem nursing a toddler and infant is TOTALLY me! So funny!
 

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Sorry I'm not local to those areas. I live in North Central Minnesota. I hope you can find someone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm in Cleveland - give me a PM with the details (medical forms/test req., etc.)& I'll see if I can pass it along (if you're interested).
 
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