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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 6:23pm

Donating milk?

Is it possible to donate BM to SCBU? a girl asked me that today and I wasn't sure does anyone know?

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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 6:26pm

http://www.babyworld.co.uk/information/n…he_requirements

it's ok I am being lazy! i have found this above link x

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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 7:29pm

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:D I donated to Huddersfield. Every drop counts and for teeny babies, donated breastmilk can be the difference between life and death. They are less likey to suffer from gastro enteritis and stomach upsets if they have breastmilk.

The hospital sends you a little container, you take it to the doctors and he fills it with your blood (I got my sister to do mine) and send it back to them. They check for all kinds of nasties and then send you some containers to fill with milk (you can also send milk in sterile containers of your own). Some hospitals can even lend you a breastpump.

You freeze the milk and if you live close to one of the centres, they send someone to collect it. In my case we drove to the hospital with a cool bag full of milk and freezer packs. They freeze the milk and pasteurise it before giving it to the babypuddins.

I got a brill fridge magnet in return :D





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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 8:20pm

there is one about 30 mins from me. When I phoned them earlier tonight the lady who answered the phone was over the moon i have to call back tomorrow to talk to the lady that runs the department.

Why don't they tell you about this when you are pg or the MWs or HV if you are BF? you don't have to do it but if you can then I am sure more ladies would.

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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 8:29pm

Oh chilli i really think you should donate if you can hun, soooo many tiny and sick babies will really be grateful.

on behalf of them, thank you!
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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 8:37pm

We must of cross posted Nikki! Yes I will do it I would of done it earlier had I of known about it, all of the ladies from my NCT classes are BF and I know 2 of them are going to donate i am sure if i spoke to the others they would also.

I am getting quite emontional about it, I read an article earlier and it was heart rendering x

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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 8:44pm

When my little man was in the nnu, there was a little baby there who was going for adoption, (not sure why, but no-one came to visit). the baby was tiny, and slightly prem(35 weeks i think- i was nosy) and had to be fed formuls as mum wasn't "around". i so wanted this little might to have some breast milk to start him off in life, but it wasn;t to be. iI really believe in breast banks and would have gladly donated if i could have.
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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 8:54pm

Oh Nikki that's so sad, nobody visited him? ;( poor little thing that's why i could never work anywhere like that I would be an emotional wreck x

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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 8:58pm

It can be a v sad place to work, but also a place full of amazing babies that fight to be alive, and live despite all the odds and go home to be happy healthy children.





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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 9:04pm

I must say Chilli that when I took my milk I had hubby and DD with me. DD was chatting away in her pram and as we walked past those premi babies hooked up to all kinds of equipment with anxious Mums sat by their bedsides, I realised that donating a bit of milk is a pretty easy thing to do when you have a pink, healthy, happy child by your side.

I hope you get sorted as a donor Chilli, it's a lovely thing to do if you have a little extra. They really don't need much so anything you can spare will be put to good use helping those poorly babies thrive.

It's a miracle food that only we can provide. They can put a man on the moon but they can't replace good old boobjuice.

Edited to add: Sorry you guys, I cross posted with you both, Nikki, I wasn't ignoring you x





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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 9:10pm

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It's a miracle food that only we can provide. They can put a man on the moon but they can't replace good old boobjuice.

Well said Bells :D





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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 9:35pm

You are so right I just wished they made us mums more aware of it, i might have a chat with my HV and see if they promote it in any way.

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Wednesday, July 12th 2006, 10:22pm

Just make sure no-one turns your freezer off at the switch. I lost a litre and a half of milk when I knocked the plug switch by accident. :rolleyes:


Was not happy! :(





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Thursday, July 13th 2006, 9:58am

You go girls :D How very kind and generous.....wish i had known i would have donated. xxxx
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Thursday, July 13th 2006, 11:19am

Such a great idea!!!!
If I am anything like my mother I will have enough for a whole hospital wing!
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Thursday, July 13th 2006, 3:18pm

What a great idea. I'll definitely give this a try when I'm BF. Can someone make this thread sticky please? Theres no hope of me remembering to look back for it when I'm in my postnatal knackered state!





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Thursday, July 13th 2006, 3:36pm

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Thursday, July 13th 2006, 8:55pm

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Just make sure no-one turns your freezer off at the switch. I lost a litre and a half of milk when I knocked the plug switch by accident. :rolleyes:


Was not happy! :(


When i was expressing loads everyday I nearly cried when DD refused a 3oz bottle I heated up from the fridge A WHOLE 3 oz WASTED!! I would of had a heart attack had i of lost a litre and a half!

Well I have spoken to the lady from Medway Hospital and she was really nice and very helpful, she is sending me the forms and has even arranged a lady to collect from me to go to her house and then to the milk bank so i won't have to travel to Medway all the time.

Really excited about it, she told me some peope disagree with donating milk as it doesn't come from their actual mother! but for babies born at 24 to 28wks feeding them breast milk is the only option between life or death for them. So pleased I know about this now I am going to a NCT reunion on Saturday and meeting some mums to be so i am going to photo cpy the info she sends me and hand it out, won't hurt will it??

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Thursday, July 13th 2006, 9:19pm

That's brilliant Chiili :)) :)) :)) :)) :))





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Thursday, July 13th 2006, 9:24pm

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Originally posted by Bells some peope disagree with donating milk as it doesn't come from their actual mother!



No but then neither is it coming from a mucky old moo cow stood up to its knees in poo. Lets not forget that some essential nutrients in artificial milks are derived from fish eye sockets and mould.

I know which I'd prefer for my premature baby.





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Friday, July 14th 2006, 12:40pm

Absolutely. well done chilli
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Friday, July 14th 2006, 7:35pm

You've got me thinking now Chilli! :D Does it interfere with your own supply to your baby? what I mean is, does it water it deplete how much goodness they are getting? (sorry if that sounds a bit selfish)



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Friday, July 14th 2006, 7:38pm

I can see why it would, you can donate as little as 100ml per day so it shouldn't interfere Primrose, do you produce alot normally?

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Friday, July 14th 2006, 7:49pm

Difficult to say Chilli as I don't do a lot of expressing. But DD is going 4 hourly now so I have plenty of time between feeds to do some additional expressing if I wanted to. Tonight after she fed I pumped about 3oz off as I am trying to get a supply in the freezer again for when she starts to have solids.



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Saturday, July 15th 2006, 11:34am

I think I might look into this too. I was talking about it with a friend very recently.

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Wednesday, August 9th 2006, 9:53am

i expressed for 17 weeks with joe and oodles of milk stored as he was so tiny...but i couldnt donate as i had a previous blood transfusion ;(

nicu are really crying out for ebm as a premature babies bowels cant tolerate formula very well..no better medicine than bm :D

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Wednesday, August 9th 2006, 12:43pm

Absolutely !!!!





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Saturday, October 21st 2006, 1:56pm

Humph. A few weeks ago, I contacted the nearest milk bank offering to become a donor and also to offer a one-off large donation of lots of sterile bags of milk that I have stashed in my freezer. Never heard back from them. Do they want breast milk or not?? Can't say I didn't try. Not impressed.
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Sunday, October 22nd 2006, 11:46am

That's strange Limpet ?( Unless you spoke to an eejit or someone mislaid your details....?

They're crying out for milk normally.





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Sunday, October 22nd 2006, 12:25pm

I agree the woman I deal with is on the ball, she has even given me posters to put up!

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Sunday, October 22nd 2006, 7:37pm

?( Very strange. Could you try them again? Maybe they did mislay your details as Bells said.
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Sunday, April 1st 2007, 11:30am

You can donate if you go abroad too. I was away for a month in January and donated to a local milk bank that were so desperate for milk. They had lots of HIV orphans so they were very happy!
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Sunday, April 1st 2007, 5:04pm

That's lovely Wella :))

I just love the idea that your cells are building the foundations of someone elses body somewhere :]





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Sunday, April 1st 2007, 8:37pm

Wella that's wonderful x

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Wednesday, August 29th 2007, 10:08pm

Is anyone still donating?

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Wednesday, August 29th 2007, 10:11pm

Nopes :( but there is a new batch of mothers that might be interested to do a bit of pumping? :)
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Tuesday, September 18th 2007, 8:37am

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Tuesday, July 28th 2009, 12:39pm

Oooh, I have about 500mls of milk in my freezer and have just spoken to someone at my local unit who is going to pass my details on to someone who will ring me back this week. I am ridiculously excited about this!

Anyone else planning to donate?





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Oooh, I have about 500mls of milk in my freezer and have just spoken to someone at my local unit who is going to pass my details on to someone who will ring me back this week. I am ridiculously excited about this!

Anyone else planning to donate?

I looked into it and really wanted to donate but they wouldn't have me with this damn thyroid problem. I'm not any meds for it though so going to look into it a bit more. I'm a bit confused as to why they said no but perhaps the thyroid hormones are passed into the milk ?(

Well done on saving up 500mls, that will keep an ickle prem baby going for a while clap




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Well done on saving up 500mls, that will keep an ickle prem baby going for a while clap


Absolutley well done you! When my ds was tiny he was being fed 0.1 ml per hour initially- so yes indeed it will make a tiny baby very happy:D





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