Mom With Hyper-Lactation Syndrome Has Donated Over 600 Gallons Of Breast Milk So Far

"I truly love what I do."

As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), we are highlighting the amazing women who choose this feeding method for their child, as well as the wondrous benefits of breast milk for a baby's health and development. Of course, formula-feeding is a great option for any mother who chooses not to breastfeed. But for those parents who do wish to provide breast milk for their child, but can't — approximately two percent of moms do not produce breast milk at all — donations are essential. 

Thankfully, there are generous moms who donate their milk to those in need. They sacrifice their time and often money, and they sometimes put aside the personal tragedies to help those in need

Mom-of-two Elisabeth Keturah Anderson-Sierra recently shared her story on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page to highlight what it's like being a breast milk donor.

Anderson-Sierra was keen to donate breast milk after the birth of her first daughter as she is also a blood donor and wanted to continue donations of some form. So, she began pumping a week after her daughter's birth. 

Then she was diagnosed with hyper-lactation syndrome, a condition which causes the body to produce an excess amount of breast milk.

Since the birth of her daughter two and half years ago, Anderson-Sierra has donated 600 gallons of breast milk, or 78,000 ounces.

The mom is currently six months postpartum with her second child and she is pumping an average of 1.75 gallons (225 ounces) of milk a day on top of breastfeeding the baby.

In the post, Anderson-Sierra opens up about the costs and effort that goes into breast milk donations. "Pumping is EXPENSIVE!" she reveals. "I have burned through 8 medela pumps and I've invested in two Symphony pumps as well as Spectra and PJs comfort. Pumps are not cheap. I buy milk bags for milk donated locally, I estimate I use 20-40 bags a day depending on how much milk I put in them."

The mom also reveals that the most expensive price she pays is with her time. Setting up all of the equipment and transporting the milk is time away from her family. And she cannot take time off because she has to pump.

Despite the challenges, Anderson-Sierra says that it's worth it.

"I'm not complaining, this is my choice and I truly love what I do," she said.

She told People, "If everybody had this kind of mentality, the world would be a better place. I feel like I am doing my part, one ounce at a time."

(H/T: Allure)


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