It has been an amazing journey with breastfeeding Savanna. We started off with me crying like a mad woman in the hospital because I wasn’t producing any, progressed to breastfeeding and supplementing with formula for 3 months, and then eventually Savanna decided she no longer needed to be supplemented. She has been exclusively breastfed for the last 2 months. Oh, the freedom from bottles is so sweet!
Not only that, she has been sleeping longer at night. We put her down around 7 or 7:30 pm, and she wakes up around 3 am to feed. Before I go to bed (usually around midnight), I would pump out the milk that has been accumulating since 7 pm. I freeze the milk, thinking that we might need it one day. But our use of the frozen milk is very limited, because even though Savanna will drink it from a cup, she doesn’t drink very much from it. She just really prefers the boob, and would rather wait for me to get home. I had about a litre of frozen milk just accumulating in our freezer.
I didn’t want the milk to go to waste, so I talked to a friend who could use it. A few nights ago, I delivered the little bags of frozen milk in a cooler bag to her. I snapped a picture of the cooler bag content, and I’m saving the photo for Savanna. I want her to know one day that she was sharing at a very young age.
p.s. I struggled a bit on whether I should have written this post. Sharing breast milk may sound weird to you. The first time I heard of donor breast milk I was weirded out too. But I think if you are in good health, free of diseases and infections, why not donate extra milk to others who can use it?