Oregon Woman With Hyper Lactation Pumps Breast Milk 6 Times Per Day - Donated Over 200,000 Ounces Since 2014
Dec 05, 2019
Everyone knows "Breast is best" but unfortunately many babies end up being formula-fed due to a lack of breast milk. Sometimes the mother just doesn't make enough milk or the infant gets adopted by a new family. Human breast milk banks have been established to assist the feeding of these infants but there aren't all that many suitable and willing donors out there.
Meet Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra, a mother of two residing in Beaverton, Oregon who has donated over 600 gallons of breast milk to those in need.
She found out about her superpower of milk production after giving birth to her first child in 2014, when she began producing ten times more milk than the average mother. Her doctors called it "hyper lactation." She had to spend five hours a day pumping to collect the milk according to People.
After the birth of her second child, she found herself producing 1.7 gallons of breast milk daily. Currently 30, she basically pumps milk five hours a day and spends most of the rest of the day sterilizing and preparing the equipment for pumping, storage, and shipping of the precious fluid to the milk bank and to mothers in need. She donates about half of her milk to a public milk bank and the rest goes to private mother-to-mother donations.
Anderson-Sierra says her entire life has been about service and "giving back" to the community as she told People. She doesn't know for sure how many babies have been helped by her milk, but doctors believe she may have saved the lives of countless very premature babies who need breast milk to thrive but whose mothers rarely lactate after such a premature birth.
Anderson-Sierra posted about how she was unofficially listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2018 for the most breast milk donated to milk banks. She hasn't asked for it to be made official because she is still actively donating and expects to keep breaking her own record
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