Saturday, March 17, 2012

milky matters + misc.

First, I've made some edits to the breastfeeding, birth story, and "about us" pages above, so check those out if you're so inclined.

Second, we had a fun trip to New Orleans earlier this week and I'll post some pics soon.

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As I've written about before, we ended up with a huge freezer stash of milk due to Clara sleeping through the night so early and me working.  When we realized she wouldn't be able to get through it before it expires (in the deep freezer, it's best to use it within 6 months, but it's OK up to a year), I started looking into donating it. The first options I found required the donor to pay per ounce donated, which frankly turned me off.  Luckily I then found out about HMBANA banks and ended up donating 300 ounces to the one closest to me (in Austin). They pay for your blood test and shipping (if necessary) your milk.  It was really pretty hassle-free, and it feels great to donate milk to help sick babies.


Mommy, what do you think you're doing with my Yum Yums??
 

Through this process, I learned that there is a developing milk bank in Mississippi. I reached out to them to see how I could help and was invited to join the Board of Directors. I accepted (of course). It's been quite exciting.

Silly Mommy. I'll help you put it back up.

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{playing at the park with uncle jeremy recently}


Hope everyone has a great weekend!
-G.

5 comments:

Lesley said...

Congratulations on board of directors! That's awesome. And I love Clara's hat!!

Allena said...

I donated almost 1,000 ounces from my son. I found out I donated 988 after I was all dried up, so bummed I couldn't pump out a quick 12 ounces real quick. Ha! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love meeting other mommy bloggers. Trent will be 3 at the end of June, I think he's pretty cute too. :) I took my class w/ MckMama (www.mycharmingkids.net). She (to me) is the original mommy blogger - ha! Can't wait to read more of your blog!

barfingrainbowsandunicorns said...

Congrats on the board of the directors! So cool! That's great that you donated - I looked into that, but I took some meds that were not allowed. We're slowly using Henry's yum yums up.

Such a cutie!

No Baby Ruth said...

That's so great that you were able to donate 300 ounces! It feels so good knowing that something so valuable isn't going to waste!

Your little girl is such a doll.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Rosemarie said...

So interesting. I wasn't a successful pumper, but a friend is and has a ton of milk. I'll let her know about donating.