B.V. asks from King of Prussia, PA on March 07, 2010
What to Do with Breast Milk?
I am so bummed out! We just found out that my daughter has a milk protien allergy and I can no longer breast feed her:( I breast fed my son exclusively for 9 months and my daughter has been breast fed for the first two months of her life. I love breast feeding and for me was a natural choice for our kids. I am very lucky to be able to breast feed and even luckier to produce large amounts of milk. Unfortuantely I am unable to continue feeding my daughter and have a ton of frozen milk that I don't know what to do with. I have tried to contact the National Milk Bank and they are not currently accepting milk as they have an abundance. The closest milk bank to me is in Delaware and I just don't know who else to call. I'd hate to see it go to waste and am even willing to continue to pump if someone can benefit from my milk. Please let me know if you hav eany suggestions or know who I can contact. Thanks in advance for all of your help!
So What Happened?™
Thank you to everyone who responded to my question! I feel so much more equipt to handle my situation and have already contacted my local la leche league and they referred me to the the The Human Milk Banking Association of North America. I have contacted them and am waiting to hear back! Thanks again for all of your feedback and suggestions! Its always nice to know that there are othere Mom's out there who have the answers when I don't!
M.K. answers from Stationed Overseas on March 07, 2010
So she has an allergy to a protein in your own milk? Or is it to cow's milk and the protein is coming through your breast milk? I would try contacting your local hospital and see if they need it for the preemies. Sometimes hospitals will take it for babies whose mom's are too sick or can't produce BM. Or you could try contacting your local La Leche group to see if they have any suggestions.
K.C. answers from Barnstable on March 07, 2010
It is exceedingly rare for a child to have an allergy to their own mother's milk (remember, breastmilk is a product of your blood - the same blood that circulated through her system when she was growing inside you). It is far more likely that it is something you are eating or a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.
Was she tested and your milk tested as well? How did they determine it was a protien allergy - did the protien turn up in your milk? I am one of those irritating patients that demand an absolute answer with facts to back it up from my doctors. They told me I couldn't nurse on Remicade. I did more research than my college thesis and even talked to Thomas Hale in Texas. Turns out I COULD nurse safely on the drug because it's molecular weight was too massive to pass into my breastmilk. I gave all the research to my doctors and they said, "Hey - I guess your right!"
We had one mom in our huge Cape Cod Breastfeeding Moms group who had a child who seemed allergic to her milk. They tried everything and finally the mom started drinking distilled water - VOILA - problem solved! Something in the local water supply was bothering the baby. Once she drank only distilled water, the problem was solved.
I thought this might be helpful as well:
"Sometimes a breastfed baby develops watery, green stools and gassiness. This can be caused by a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Foremilk is the thinner, lower fat milk your baby receives at the beginning of a feed. It transitions to the hindmilk which is higher in fat. Green stooling and fussiness can result from too much lactose (sugar). High volume feeds are invariably, high lactose feeds. When the excess lactose enters your baby's colon there may be increased fermentation, resulting in her fussiness, gas, and loose, acid stools. If you think this may be playing a part in your baby's loose stools, allow your baby to control the feed. When nursing, let your baby come off the first breast on her own, relaxed and satisfied. You can offer the other breast, though many babies are quite content nursing from one side per three to four hour period. During the first three or four days, as the milk supply is adjusting, express just enough milk from the "unused" or "less used" breast for comfort."
Diarrhea can also be caused by exposure to cow's milk. (Lake AM et al:Dietary protein-induced colitis in breast-fed infants, J Pediatr 101:906,1982) If this is the case, most breastfed babies respond positively to total removal of dairy products from the mother's diet."
Again, an allergy to your milk is exceedingly rare. To be allergic to your milk, your child would most likely have a true metabolic disorder, such as primary lactase deficiency and galactosemia.
Just a thought!
A.O. answers from Philadelphia on March 08, 2010
You can definitely try contacting http://hmbana.org/ Regardless of the location, they will probably send you a cooler with some dry ice to send it back to them. I haven't known them to do it first hand, so I'm not completely sure of the process, but know of people who have. You could also call the one in DE and see if they would do the same thing.
J.M. answers from Philadelphia on March 08, 2010
international breast milk project - you can dontate milk to africa and more.......
www.breastfeeding.com - you can actually post that you have the milk and people who need will respond. http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_about_milk_ban...
The Human Milk Banking Association
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America is a non-profit organization established in 1985. The HMBA was established to: review and revise guidelines for donor milk banking, share information among experts on human milk, provide information to the medical community, act as a clearinghouse for member milk banks and encourage research on the unique properties of human milk.
Milk banks in North America include:
Mothers' Milk Bank
P/SL Medical Center
###-###-#### Mother's Milk Bank
C & W Lactation Services
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Mothers' Milk Bank
Valley Medical Center
San Jose, CA
###-###-#### Lactation Center & Mothers' Milk Bank
The Mother's Milk Bank - Special Care Nursery
###-###-#### Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin
900 E. 30th Street, Suite 101
C.P. answers from Albuquerque on March 07, 2010
Hello! I was also fortunate to have a huge surplus of milk. I tried to donate to National Milk Bank, who were not accepting at that time, either... So, after some research, I found the Mother's Milk of North Texas! They accept milk at ANY time as long as it is no older than 6 months old (frozen). They do require a blood test (to check for illness and to use to verify that all milk received from you came from you). They provide containers, shipping coolers, FedEx shipping papers, and will reimburse your dry ice (send them the receipt). The best thing (most heartwarming to me) is that the milk they receive stays in the US! They homogenize and pasteurize and distribute to US hospitals for babies who are premature or in neonatal intensive care!! Please contact me (celinaphelps at gmail dot com) if you would like more information. You can just google "Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas" for their website and contact information.
Good luck and thank you for making the best of your unfortunate circumstances!
G.G. answers from San Antonio on March 07, 2010
I have over 200 frozen bottles of breastmilk that I cannot feed my child since we just recently found out he is lactose intolerant!! I too would love for some one to benifit from this milk!! If you find out anything pls share!! Thanks!!
J.W. answers from Chicago on March 07, 2010
What about contacting your local La Leche League chaper to see if they have any ideas. You might be able to team up with a specific woman who would have your milk for her baby. What a wonderful gift! Good luck.
L.B. answers from Philadelphia on March 08, 2010
B., I know our bf support group at the the birth center in bryn mawr has a bunch of moms going back to work, for instance, that could use it. The meetings are every other Thurs and I can put you in contact with them. Just e me directly butterflylindamarie at yahoo or look for the yahoo group TBC breastfeeding support.
How old is your son?