Wisconsin Mom Donates 29 Gallons of Breast Milk

Jun 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm |

Amy Bormann donated 3,702 ounces of breast milk after back-stocking her supply for 6 months between two freezers.

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Amy Bormann, a Wisconsin mother of two, donated over 29 gallons of her own breast milk to help support the health of critically ill infants in Neonatal Intensive Care.

While breastfeeding for her second child, Greyson, Amy realized that she had two full freezers of back-up milk for her son, who she wasn’t quite ready to ween off of breastfeeding. Unwilling to toss the extra supply, and not wanting to overfeed her child, Amy discovered that there was another helpful solution to the surplus – lactation donation.

After making some inquiries, she found that she could donate the breast milk to The Milk Bank donation center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau. “I worked in a NICU,” Amy told ABC News, “and know how important breast milk is for premature babies.”

One of the biggest problems that newborns in Neonatal Intensive Care Units face is receiving enough calories and healthy proteins to continue their development. The natural breast milk is used to create formulas that supply these nutrients for critically ill infants.

“We’re always looking for milk,” said Susan Lindekugel of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. “It comes from all around the nation, the same way a blood bank works,” Susan tells ABC.

Susan also noted that Amy’s donation was “very generous.” “Most women get between 2-5 ounces every time they pump and pump 8-10 times per day. You do the math,” she said. In case you’re not a mental math person, that’s at least 742 pumps worth of breast milk spread out over 75 days of pumping. But that’s what happens when you’re “blessed with a very abundant supply of milk,” says Amy.

While Amy clearly spent a long of time hooked up to the pump, she’s very positive about what she calls her “breastfeeding journey.” “It was an amazing experience. It’s such an easy process and I would hope that if other moms had extra milk they would donate too. It’s totally worth it to keep at it a little longer. Every little bit goes a long way.”

Wow – that’s a lot of time on the pump.