What do you do when you have an oversupply of breastmilk? You donate it to The Milk Bank, of course.
After filling all her freezers, Wisconsin resident and mom of two, Jessica Safransky Schacht said an internet search is what led her to donate to The Milk Bank.
She donated with her son, Mason, but recently had a daughter, Olivia, and Schacht said she wants to donate again.
Schacht spoke with The Milk Bank about why she became a donor.
The Milk Bank:How did you hear about The Milk Bank?
Schacht: With my son, I had a huge oversupply and I filled my freezer with milk and still had more milk. We had a chest freezer and I realized there was no way I was going to use all that milk. I did some research [and] I talked with the lactation consultant at the hospital and started the (donor) process.
TMB:Why did you become a donor?
JS: I guess once I found out about it, I knew that was the right thing for us to do. Breastfeeding is important to me and I worked really hard to have a successful breastfeeding relationship with my son. I just know how valuable breast milk is and how it sets up a baby to be successful, and I wanted to share that with babies who need it. He’s (Mason) hardly ever been sick. It just felt like the right thing to do because I have hundreds and hundreds of ounces of milk in my freezer and didn’t need them for my own son.
TMB:Did you face any challenges with breastfeeding?
JS: It was definitely a learning curve in the beginning. In hindsight, I probably started pumping too early and added to my oversupply. I pumped two to four times a day, and everybody was really understanding and supportive of that. I think that really contributed to the success, also.
TMB:How did your family and friends react when you told them you were donating your breast milk?
JS: My husband was really supportive of it. Everybody else that I told about it, they were surprised. I don’t think many people knew it exists, they are very curious. I’ve never, in the two years (of breastfeeding), had someone make a negative comment to me about donating or breastfeeding.
TMB:What advice would you give to moms who are thinking about donating?
JS: The process is not very difficult; it’s actually really easy. The lactation consultant I was working with at the hospital… I would just call her and set up a time to drop off. I think that was my biggest concern, how do I get it there? It’s so easy.
TMB:If you had to do it again, would you?
JS: Absolutely! Though, it didn’t make me feel really good on those days when I didn’t want to wash one more pump part. Then, I would think about what I was doing for my son and other babies that really needed it, and it really put it into perspective.
Find out the many ways you can become a donorhere.