Your boobs will tingle a little when you hear about the mom who just broke the Guinness Book of World Records for donating the most breast milk ever—nearly 87 gallons of the white stuff.
Texas mom Alicia Richman had more milk than she needed when her son was born last March. According to an article in NY Daily News, she pumped all the time, "at work, on vacations, in the car."
Richman, who claimed she was 'blessed' with an abundance of milk, eventually ran out of room in her freezer. At which point she decided to donate some of her milky goodness to a nonprofit that helps nourish babies in intensive care units as well as those whose moms aren't able to nurse.
So from June 2011 to March of this year, Richman gave Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas around 11,115 ounces—or 86.8 gallons—of her elixir. Her bounty broke the current record of “Most Breast Milk Donated” by a whopping 23 gallons.
“Alicia’s generous gift of human milk has fed hundreds, and more likely, thousands of premature babies across the United States,” said Amy Vickers, executive director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank.
In fact, it reportedly takes a mere three ounces of milk "to feed a premature infant nine times."
But Richman is an ambitious one. Not content to stop at this, she aims to break her own record with the birth of her second child.
Given the much-publicized benefits of breast milk, it seems like a crime to dump the stuff away when it's so precious. I wish milk banks had been around when I had my son! If you happen to live in BC, you can check out this one.
Kudos to Richman for sharing her wealth... Would you donate your breast milk?