World Record for Breast Milk Donation Broken by
Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank Donor
Amelia Boomker donated over 16,000 fluid ounces
INDIANAPOLIS – An Illinois mother of four has donated the breast milk equivalent of 816 Venti Starbucks lattes or 241 2-liter bottles of Coke to the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, which collects breast milk donations from fully screened and approved mothers and provides pasteurized donor milk to hospitals throughout the Midwest.
Amelia Boomker of Bolingbrook, Ill., has set the Guinness World Record for breast milk donation by gifting 16,321 fluid ounces of milk to IMMB. She made her donations between February 2008 and September 2013.
Boomker began pumping breast milk when her first son, Danny, was born with a congenital heart defect in 2005. Danny was tube-fed for the first six months of his life, so the best thing Boomker could do for him was pump breast milk to help him get healthy. She was producing more milk than her son could consume, so the nurses at Hope Children’s Hospital encouraged her to donate to a milk bank.
“They started sending me liter bottles because I producing so much milk. I would send up to 14 at a time!” she said.
“The milk donations we receive are delivered to hospitals throughout the Midwest to provide live-saving nourishment to newborns who are critically ill in Neonatal Intensive Care Units,” says Carissa Hawkins, communication coordinator at IMMB. “Amelia’s donations helped save many young lives on the way to setting the world record.”
Boomker also pumped breast milk for her three sons born after Danny, allowing her donation amount to climb. While on maternity leave with her youngest son, she became aware of the world record and knew that she had pumped enough to break it. She attributes some of her breast milk production success to a flexible employer that lets her pump long-term on a consistent daily schedule.
For five years, she sent expressed milk in coolers packed with dry ice and dropped off donations at some of the IMMB’s depots in the Chicago area. The milk bank has depot locations throughout the Midwest for donors to drop off milk.
“The Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank’s choice to open milk depots was brilliant. I wish they would open more in the Chicago area! It was so easy for me to drive up to the hospital and drop off my donation,” she said.
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The Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank pasteurizes and screens breast milk from fully screened and approved mothers and to be sent to Neonatal Intensive Care Units in hospitals throughout the Midwest. They have depot locations throughout the Midwest and have been in existence since 2005.
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