She has donated more than 2,400 liters of breast milk
• She has donated more than 2,400 liters of breast milk
29-year-old Elizabeth Anderson-Sierra has donated more than 2,400 liters of breast milk to help other parents to feed their children. Mother of two children from Oregon is expressing milk for 5 hours a day: because of the syndrome giperlaktatsii her breasts produce 10 times more milk than normal breasts of women.
Elizabeth giperlaktatsii syndrome, which makes it "superproizvoditelem breast milk." Her body produces nearly 7 liters of breast milk per day, with her 6-month-old daughter Sofia daily need is 600 ml. So Elizabeth donates excess mothers which organism may not produce sufficient milk and Gay pairs and California "milk jar" which provides power to preterm infants.
Donor milk is carefully packaged, labeled and stored in four large refrigerators in the house where Elizabeth lives with her 52-year-old husband David Sierra and her two daughters. The woman says that helped feed the "thousands" of babies by donating more than 2,400 liters of milk.
If you have questions about how secure donations of breast milk, it is necessary to take into account that this precious liquid are carefully selected. "Doctors strictly check milk for drugs, bacteria, whatever," - explains Elizabeth.
The woman says: "I realized that I giperlaktatsiya, even during the first pregnancy, but when my second daughter was born, the milk was produced more. Now Sofia six months and I have to express milk 5 times a day - morning, wake up, after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner and again at midnight. In total, I spend about five hours a day, just shaking his milk from the breast. On the packaging, labeling, sterilization and the like, I spend every 8-10 hours. "
"Expressing - it's not fun, it causes discomfort, but it is my labor of love. I work in this field, seven days a week for two and a half years. This is more than a full day. I do not discriminate against anyone - I offer gay couples and mothers who are in treatment or who have removed a breast because of breast cancer. It's an amazing feeling. Breast milk is like liquid gold - it in no case should be disposed of. And it is always a great need. "
About half of the milk is taken right at home at Elizabeth's parents, who live in her neighborhood who are often willing to reward a woman donor for her efforts. The rest of the young mother donates the California Milk Bank Prolacta Bioscience, which pays her $ 1 per installment, partially offsetting the costs of her time.
But Elizabeth insists that does not receive income from their "labor of love". After all, the mother of two children, who encourages others to follow suit, spends all the money on equipment, storage and accessories necessary to continue to express milk and sacrifice.
Elizabeth believes that her work will be a great life lesson for 6-month-old daughter Sophia, she is now breastfeeding: "I'll tell her that taught her to share with the first day, - says Elizabeth. - After all, she shared my mother's milk with hundreds of other babies. "