Monday, March 14, 2011
To Share or Not To Share
Harper is so big already. I'm dreading going back to work in a few weeks. I know it will be nice to get back into the routine and know we can certainly use the money but I sure will miss spending my days with her. Four kids and it never gets easier preparing to leave them for over 8 hours a day.
In preparation for my return to work, I got on the ball and starting pumping breast milk fairly quickly. I have quite a stash saved up in the big freezer. (I won't lie, I'm pretty proud of my motivation.) Before I even had Harper, I'd already purchased a PumpEase hands-free pumping bra so that I could pump at work. I started using it right away so that I could get used to it. I give it some of the credit for the stash of milk I've saved because it made it so easy to pump that I was encouraged to do it more often.
Today on Twitter, I thought I'd let the folks at PumpEase know how much I appreciate their product. I sent them a tweet letting them know I was considering donating some of my stash of breast milk. I know there are so many babies out there who have mamas who cannot nurse for one reason or another. I'm very lucky that I'm not having supply issues. I just feel moved to help out another baby that needs it and it would not be much work at all to stash away a little extra milk to do my part.
I was hesitant to talk about any of this. I know there are people who would not approve of milk sharing. I know also that there are people who might think I'm doing this to make myself 'look good'. It's really not about me though...it's about getting babies who need milk together with mamas who have milk to give. I'm not saying that these babies can't do fine on formula, but if their parents want them to have breast milk and I am fine with sharing what I have...kinda seems like a win/win to me. :)
...and how cool would it be to tell Harper some day that she learned to share at such a young age? *grin*
I've already received a message from a mama who says she'd love to receive the milk for her adopted son if I choose to donate. My heart swelled and my eyes filled at the thought of being able to help. You know how you get that tingly feeling inside when something good is about to happen? Yeah, I got that.
So anyway...that's my story for today. To share or not to share? That is the question. As tempted as I was to stay quiet, I decided to share my thoughts because maybe if we continue to have these discussions then someday it won't seem 'weird' to share such an abundant resource. Know what I mean?