August 3 during World Breastfeeding Week was a special event for us. We held a milk drive at St Vincent's (where I volunteer and run the donor depot program) and we had a record of 5 mothers donating that day.
All totaled, we collected 1100 oz, which is over 8 1/2 gallons of breastmilk! Pretty remarkable. Several of the donors were repeat donors, which meant they only had to pull up to the curb and donate without having to get out of the car! Two dads even came by with their wife's milk in bags and boxes.
The staff at the Lactation Clinic also built us this tower of milk cartons to illustrate the 74 gallons we have shipped to date since we opened the bank in Sept 2009. We are very proud to be a part of building a processing facility locally and also providing milk that our area hospitals have available to them for their NICU's.
I will talk more about the benefits of donor milk in future posts, but I just wanted to give you all the results of our planning and work!