Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Dealing with a surplus

Carrying on with posting relevant to world breastfeeding week (and I promise I'll be back to books and knitting shortly) I'm delighted just to have signed up to donate spare breastmilk through
Despite all the troubles we've had with feeding so far, I've always seemed to be blessed with plenty of milk, and with the sausage's latest feeding frenzy my body seems to have shouted "WOO-HOO! TWINS!!" and ramped up production even further.
I could work on a freezer stash, and I will definitely be doing this a little, but once I read that 1floz of milk will feed a preemie for a day and a half, I just couldn't see a reason not to. I'm just so lucky to have a thriving, happy, even fat, baby and can't even begin to imagine what it's like to have one stuck in a box with tubes, come too early for you to be able to feed it yourself. The thought breaks my heart, and while I know that determination can do a lot (which is how I'm still feeding the sausage), for mothers in these circumstances who just can't provide their own milk, I am warmed inside by the idea that a bit of trouble and admin for me will make such a difference to them and their brand new babies.
And I suppose it makes up for the fact I can't donate blood at the moment, and am not feeling able to give money to charity - here I'm just giving of what I have, and that feels great.



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