A Special Day

Today is a special day for a number of reasons. On this day back in 2005 Russell asked me to be his wife. One year ago my brother married a wonderful woman who I am proud to call my friend (let alone my sister!)

And this year something else special is happening, although a little less romantic 🙂 I am shipping off another cooler of breast milk. I had mentioned last year when I sent off the first cooler that I donated and gave some examples of babies who might receive the milk. You can read that post here. I haven’t talked a lot about it on the blog, but most of my friends know I have continued to pump and donate milk all year. I still have about 5 gallons saved in our deep freezer for Wyatt, and rotate it out to keep it fresh. What makes today’s donation special is that it fulfills a goal I had set for myself months ago. I wanted to donate 50 gallons of breast milk.

50 gallons is 6,400 ounces of milk. For the preemie babies that are most likely to receive this milk just one ounce averages 3 feedings. That is almost 20,000 meals for little babies.

Those are numbers I am pretty proud of. Currently, the woman who holds the Guinness World Record for most breast milk donated gave 87 gallons. When I told Russell that he said “Well, 50 is respectable.” Today’s donation will hopefully not be my last. Wyatt has not started to wean yet, and until he does I will continue pumping and sharing what I am so fortunate to have.

Published in: on February 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm  Comments (1)  
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Cookies and Milk?

Yesterday on Pinterest I happened to see a recipe for cookies that claim to support (and even increase) breast milk supply. Now, that is not really something I need help with at the moment, but you never know when you’ll need a little help, so I thought it  was worth bookmarking. Plus, she recommends eating 4-6 cookies a day, which is right up my alley. Anyone who tells me that is how much I need is someone worth listening to!
Here is the link I got it from, but I’ll also post the recipe here since I know some people don’t like to click around a bunch. As soon as I get the other ingredients I’ll give them a try and let you know if they are yummy and if they work like they claim to!
Ingredients
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 4 T water
  • 2 T flaxseed meal (DO NOT substitute)
  • 2 Lg eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 C Thick cut oats
  • 1 C Chocolate chips
  • 2 T Brewers Yeast (DO NOT substitute)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs.
  5. Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
  6. Beat until well blended.
  7. Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
  8. Add butter mix to dry ingredients.
  9. Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
  10. Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
  11. Bake 8-12 minutes.
Published in: on September 8, 2012 at 8:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sharing

Today we are sending off a cooler containing 600 ounces of breast milk. (I have about 1000 ounces saved for Wyatt already) It is going to Mother’s Milk Bank in San Jose, Ca. There it will be pasteurized and tested for diseases before it can be used. Then it will mostly go to hospitals where babies in the NICU will receive this life saving food. I am so thrilled to be able to be a part of this process and hope that my milk will make a difference for some sick little babies out there.

I have been fortunate enough that sharing our milk is possible. Wyatt obviously is getting enough himself (just look at his thighs!) and I am able to pump more than he will ever use in just two pumpings a day. I took a picture of this morning’s take in case you have a hard time picturing how much 27 ounces is. That is 27 ounces, in one pumping, after I fed the little man his breakfast.

We did end up buying a deep freezer, which  is almost entirely filled with milk.  It is a 7.2 cu. ft. freezer. The whole left side (the brown bags) is all milk. Only the small shelf on the right has a couple other freezer items.

Here are some examples of the babies who will receive this milk:

  • babies who are failing to thrive on formula
  • babies and toddlers with life-threatening diseases or conditions
  • children with failing immune systems or catastrophic diseases
  • multiple birth babies, often with lactating mothers who can’t keep up with the milk required to nourish two or three infants
  • adopted infants, whose moms believe in the value of breast milk but can’t produce their own
  • babies of mothers whose breast milk isn’t suitable for consumption, either because of disease or prescription medications that pass through the milk

If you are also interested in sharing your breast milk with other babies, check out this link to find a non-profit milk bank near you.

Published in: on May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm  Comments (2)  

Mini Mamas

Most of you know how obsessed the girls have been with being little mamas since even before Wyatt was born, and since his arrival they have gotten to see a whole new range of “mommy” tasks. Most importantly, breastfeeding. So when they took turns nursing their babies I wasn’t surprised at all, but was excited to take pictures of course!

Alyssa

Kylie

Let’s face it, there are a lot worse things they could imitate me doing!

Published in: on April 12, 2012 at 8:44 am  Comments (1)  
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The Freeze

O.k. so maybe I’ll be losing a few readers in the coming weeks.

I won’t be posting a lot, and when I do it will probably be mostly about diapers and milk since that is about the extent of my life at the moment. Today’s post is no exception.

I am a lucky mom who doesn’t have to worry about my breast milk supply. Well, not the traditional worry. Wyatt is still less than three weeks old, but we have encountered a problem with my milk. There is just too much of it! Not that too much milk is really a bad thing, but storing it is becoming an issue. The first bag I put in the freezer was marked 3-4-2012. Today is the 20th. With just over two weeks worth of milk in there I have already filled the bottom drawer of the freezer with over 250 ounces. And that is in addition to actually feeding him every two-three hours as well! At this rate our entire freezer will be taken over in about a month and a half. Since we actually use our freezer for important things like frozen fruits and veggies, meats (and of course ice cream!) we need another solution.

So deep freezer shopping it is! Does anyone have any recommendations, or cautions to share with us?

Published in: on March 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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