You probably saw the request for breast milk on the main urbanMamas page. When I stopped breastfeeding my son several years ago, I sadly trashed bags and bags of frozen breast milk. I was fortunate to be a milky mama with pump success, so the freezer was always full (laregly due to my workplace having a locking room where I was able to pump during work hours). Before getting rid of it, though, I researched other options because I had heard of a milk bank somewhere in CA (natch) - how great is that idea? The requirements were strict, though, and I couldn't be sure my milk would meet the standards (e.g., I drank alcohol while breastfeeding, may have taken medicine, who knows?), so to the trashcan it all went.
Now that I see another mama needing milk for her fragile baby, I wonder if there's a better way - are there more milk banks now than there were in 2005 when I did my research? The Human Milk Banking Association of North America shows that there are 11 official milk banks in the states, but none in Portland - sort of surprising. Good opportunity for a mamapreneur!
Have you donated breastmilk? Locally? Mailed it (yikes)? Dumped it? What resources are there for milky mamas with a freezer full to spare? And for mamas who need breastmilk - how best to get ahold of the precious liquid?