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Surplus frozen breast milk - but nobody will take it! Suggestions please.

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BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Tue 05-Mar-13 19:46:02


am posting this on behalf of a friend who's baby was born at 33 weeks (and is now doing very well and settled at home 2 weeks on!)

Friend had to express so that she could build up her supply, this was then frozen.

In friend's own words:

I have got a shed load (freezer full) of breast milk that the local milk bank are not allowed to take because I am RH Neg and have had anti D. Their rules have changed as after DD1 I regularly donated, seems silly but rules are rules but what do I do with the milk I pumped damn hard for that I would be devastated to throw it all down the sink any ideas??

when asked if any local hospitals will accept:

that's the nearest one that accepts it the hospital that we were in do not accept it directly, it needs to go through [name of hospital] then they buy it but it is £1000 a pint which is crazy!! It keeps for 6 months but I am fully breast feeding and we will not get through that much

Friend is South England, healthy, is RH Negative and had to have Anti D at the end of the pregnancy.

Does anybody have any ideas of who she could donate to?


BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Tue 05-Mar-13 20:39:23

Thanks for all advice and suggestions - think she is going to use as much of it herself as possible.

Such a shame to not be able to donate, but am sure it will be a godsend to her in the coming months.

Will let her know that it may go off MrsSpencerReid thanks.

MrsSpencerReid Tue 05-Mar-13 22:35:42

No prob, I actually cried as I tipped it down the sink, all those hours attached to that bloody breast pump!! She'll know if it's gone off, it tastes vile, I took a little sip to test and vomited into the sink, ugh

SheepNoisesOff Thu 07-Mar-13 07:56:45

Look up Human Milk 4 Human Babies, that may be an option.

SheepNoisesOff Thu 07-Mar-13 07:57:55

(Sorry for brevity and not linking, typing with one hand on iPad while feeding!)

NoTimeForS Thu 07-Mar-13 23:13:42

She should keep it if nobody will take it, because honestly what seems like shedloads now will look like less and less as her baby starts to drink larger amounts. He is only the equivalent of 35 weeks now, he'll need so much more if she does have to leave him with someone in 4 months time.
She can use it to mix with foods when weaning if she is going to offer some mushed up stuff too.

I've just had a 33 weeker this week! Encouraging to hear he could be home so soon. smile

lotsofcheese Fri 08-Mar-13 07:36:40

Donor milk for special care baby units, if there is one in your area.

Some mums are unable to produce enough milk for their premature babies & breast milk makes such a difference - it's far superior to formula in nicu.

Perhaps try your local/regional centre, or google "donor breast milk" & see what you come up with. My unit didn't accept it unfortunately & it went in the bin :-(

Inertia Fri 08-Mar-13 07:59:08

BTW she needs to store the milk in the back of the freezer not in the door.

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