Texas Mom Sets World Record for ‘Most Breastmilk Donated’ (86 Gallons!!!)

world record holder for donated breastmilk

While I was breastfeeding, I was blessed with an abundance of milk. No joke – I could have fed a nation. Instead, I just had a healthy, chubby, Cabbage Patch baby. I’d heard of the breastmilk donation banks, non-profit organizations providing donor breastmilk to hospitals, and even had friends pushing me to do it – spouting off details and facts, the pros of donating, the good it could do for others – but the thought seemed too odd … I couldn’t imagine boxing up my frozen boob juice and shipping it off.  

If I had paid attention to detail, perhaps they could have swayed me. Did you know that three ounces of breastmilk would be about nine feedings for a preemie? Well, one mother did; and she decided to make a difference.

Alicia Richman “pumped, stored and donated more than 11,000 ounces of breastmilk between June 2011 and March 2012.” Meaning, over the course of about 10 months, she donated more than 86 gallons of breastmilk!

Richman said, “I pumped at work, on vacations, in the car. And I never had to buy formula.” After realizing she had two freezers full of frozen breastmilk, she began sending it to The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.

In the end, not only did this 28-year-old mother donate enough breastmilk to provide about 33,000 feedings for premature babies in critical care, she received some well-deserved recognition by setting a New Guinness World Record for “Most Breastmilk Donated”!

According to the article, “Now Richman’s son is 19-months-old and she is encouraging other mothers to try and beat her record. But be warned, she says she plans on beating her own record when she has her second child!”

What do you think? Could you beat her record? Would you ever donate your breastmilk?

 

Image: “North Texas mother and breastmilk donation World Record holder Alicia Richman, with her infant son. (credit: Momentum Public Relations)” via cbsdallas

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Texas Mom Sets World Record for ‘Most Breastmilk Donated’ (86 Gallons!!!)

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Ambur says:

    I gave my extra breastmilk to a friend who had been formula feeding her daughter. For a few months about 1/3 to half that baby’s diet was breastmilk. I was so happy to help a friend and help nourish another baby.

  2. sonal says:

    Wow she is amazing….i donated 400 ounces and felt like a super hero….but this lady is amazing…..i will try and see if i can come close to her goal with my second one…..god bless u…..breast milk is liquid gold after all…..

  3. verochka31 says:

    Amazing! wish I had someone around when I needed it. I am a dry cow and have to raise my babies on formula,

  4. KESHA says:

    wow this is awesome. I love it when people think of others, and this is a true dedication to making sure that babies are helped in a great way.

  5. Summer says:

    This is amazing! I was able to breastfed/pump exclusively for the first 11 months and then I did night feedings till 13 months when my milk dried up from being pregnant. I think it’s amazing this mom did this for other babies!

  6. Ashleigh says:

    This is amazing. If I was ever able to provide enough milk for my child and another I would so donate!

  7. sheena says:

    wow thats amazing i always have chubby babies so they always eat everything i have by the time my babies are a week old there done eating 6 oz to 8 oz of breast milk i always thought there was something wrong with my milk are something so i had it tested the docs said there was nothing wrong that i just had good eaters on my hands lol i gave her props for doing this she thought of other babies and families instead of her self she is truly a angel god bless you hun keep up the awesome work sweetie i no its tiring and your breast are sore but god will bless you for blessing others

  8. Juana says:

    Wow!! I’m so happy for I’m breastfeeding and it’s wonderful it changes everything and it’s so easy

  9. Megan says:

    That is great! I wish I had enough to do that. (I’m barely making enough for my baby each day)

  10. Bri says:

    That is just awesome!

  11. Kristin says:

    I think that is awesome!! That is absolutely amazing that one person can make such a difference and touch so many different lives. I can only imagine how many hours this woman must have had to sit through pumping to gather that much milk. I give her a lot of props!! God bless you!! God definitely had sent an angel…

  12. mommy nhoj says:

    Kind enough to share her blessings and passionate to do pumping milk for little mouths to feed! I salute you!

  13. Melissa says:

    I know someone who has donated more than this woman

  14. Melissa says:

    I know someone who has donated more than this woman & already notified her of this

  15. Casey Kerver says:

    I just hope I have milk for my little one, I love that she was blessed enough to donate

  16. Holly says:

    I hope breasfeeding comes that easy for me! Im so worried I may not produce enough for my baby since alot of moms these days can’t.

    • Debra says:

      I see a correlation between c-sections and not breastfeeding. It seems as tho you need the baby to latch on right away for it to really take. Make it a priority! There is nothing better for your baby!!! I’ve seen a video of a brand new baby set on a mommy’s tummy and it did the little head bob and actually pulled itself up to the boob and latched on! They know what to do! If you need help, I know most hospitals have lactation helpers there.

  17. Calisha says:

    First off, holy crap! I can’t even imagine producing that much milk in that little amount of time. It is a great thing that she is doing, but I could never see myself doing it.

  18. KellyBear17 says:

    You can also donate to mom without preemies. there are several Facebook pages that you can informally share breastmilk my son was lucky enough to get milk form some very generous moms out there auto went through the trouble of handing over test results to show a clean Bill of health and drive hundred of ounces hundreds of miles for us. if you want to buy great milk from banks it is over $3 an oz so moms who donate informally can really help out.

  19. Samantha says:

    I am glad I know this now, I didn’t know with my first. I plan to donate this time around.

  20. Krystle says:

    I did not know you can donate milk like that. This would be nice for those in need!

  21. Wendy says:

    Gosh, I wish I knew about this when I was breastfeeding! I had so much stored breastmilk, that some of it went bad and I threw it away! I could have saved lives! 🙁

  22. joanna says:

    I never knew u could donate breast milk…Im currently breastfeeding my 1 month baby girl…but I feel that Im not producing much milk..

  23. JaMeika says:

    I would love to try to beat her record and help newborns in need I can only hope my milk will come in ok

  24. Lindsay says:

    My daughter wouldn’t latch on so I dried up 🙁 It would be nice to breastfeed this baby when it is born.

  25. Cynthia says:

    I think this is wonderful, sadly my milk never came in and i only managed the first few weeks and it totally dried up. it makes me sad to think that i lost that bonding connection too…

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