In honor of World Milk Sharing Week I wanted to share my story and the stories of friends about milk sharing. I was featured on the official blog Carnival over at Milk Junkies, so head on over and read my story as well as others' stories with milk sharing.
Today I am going to share my friend Haylee's story. Haylee is a mom of two sweet boys, is currently finishing her Doula training, and is in the process of getting her business, Belly Laughs, up and running. Belly Laughs offers doula services and coming soon will be childbirth
classes, Baby Sign classes, breastfeeding classes, and newborn care
Here's Haylee's Story:
When D was born, I was already aware from my first son that I had Insufficient Glandular Tissue (IGT). I prepared before I even went to the hospital to deliver, just in case once again I
could not sustain my little one on my milk alone. I bought Fenugreek, Goat's Rue and Domperidone and had a Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) with me
and donor milk waiting in my freezer at home.
Two days after birth
D had lost just at 10% of his body weight, so they let me take him
home and continue to try to Exclusively Breast Feed (EBF) him on my own. My heart felt like it had wings;
because, I had never known the joy of feeding my child just my milk. I
felt so bonded to my baby, who took to breastfeeding like an old pro.
Sadly, D just kept losing weight after we got home and my once 9 lb 1
oz chunker became a frail 7 lb 6 oz.
I got him home from the lactation
consultant and broke open our stash of donor milk. I was so happy that I
had gotten it just in case; because, it meant he didn't have to go on
formula. We set out to find long term donors and soon had offers pouring
in. We had enough milk in our freezer to last him months and actually
had to invest in a second deep freezer to hold it all. We also found two
moms who agreed to donate to D until he turned one.
After just one
bottle, my precious boy broke out in hives all over his body. We found
that he was badly allergic to formula, and when we tried to give him soy, he
refused to eat for an entire day. We kept him going for two days on Pedialyte and put out an urgent message to all Washington donors. A women
came through for us and donated her entire freezer full and saved my
baby from starving.
We now make it month by month and at 9 months D
still lives on donor milk. Just when we are about to run out, we always
seem to find an angel waiting with a bag of milk to get him eating. We
only need to make it 2 1/2 more months and we now have two lovely women
pumping their hearts out for my little boy. I nurse him round the clock,
though I only make about 5-6 oz a day myself. I know that the kindness
of strangers has kept my baby alive his whole life and there is no thank
you great enough for that.