A Wisconsin woman has donated more than 3,700 ounces of breast milk to help babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Amy Bormann was breastfeeding her second child when she realized that she already had two deep freezers full of back-up supply.
Unwilling to stop breastfeeding her baby Greyson yet — he was then six months old — but also reluctant for her milk to go to waste, Amy spoke to a local lactation consultant about making a donation. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Amy Bormann (pictured with her sons Greyson, 1, and Garrett, 3) donated more than 3,700 ounces of breast milk to help babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (photo: Amy Bormann).
2. A picture Amy Bormann took of a typical breast milk donation (photo: Amy Bormann).
During her subsequent “breastfeeding journey”, as she calls it, Amy donated a total of 3,702 ounces to The Milk Bank donation center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, ABC News reports. She said:
I worked in a NICU. and know how important breast milk is for premature babies.
With my second child, I was blessed with a very abundant supply of milk. By the time he was about six months old, I had two entire deep freezers packed full of milk.
I wasn’t ready to give up on our breast feeding journey quite yet, so I had to do something with that extra milk.
3. The trunk of Amy Bormann’s car, packed with breast milk, on the way to make a donation (photo: Amy Bormann).
Amy said that her “breastfeeding journey” was a huge time commitment, but was also “an amazing experience.”
She said that the approval process wasn’t hard: she had to fill out some paperwork, do lab tests and supply a note from her child’s pediatrician that her baby wouldn’t lack for milk if she started donating. She said:
It’s such an easy process and I would hope that if other moms had extra milk they would donate too. It’s totally worth it to keep at it a little longer. Every little bit goes a long way.
4. A woman donates 29 gallons of breast milk — a WPXI report.
5. A Wisconsin woman donates 29 gallons of breast milk to milk banks — an ABC9 News report.
Read more: ABC News.
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