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Are different donors a problem for baby's GI system?

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Are different donors a problem for baby's GI system?

Post by MamaFaith on Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:46 pm

Hi there,
I'm wondering if anybody knows anything about switching beteen different donors and whether this disrupts or distrubs the baby's GI system. In other words, can you alternate between different donors - should you try to do exclusively one person at a time? Is it safe to switc all at once to somebody else or should this be done slowly? I don't know if this has ever even been studied! Any thoughts?
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Re: Are different donors a problem for baby's GI system?

Post by ReachtotheStars on Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:44 am

This is interesting, I kniw your milk changes with your baby's age, so maybe similar donors like with the same age babies and similar diet.

Going from dairy free bm to one like mine rich in dairy might be hard, but probably not as hard as formula is on a baby's gi.
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Post by MummyBird on Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:03 pm

My oldest had 10 donors, plus what she got from me. She never had a problem. Her real problem was formula. She went to constantly spitting up to keeping it all in, the day we ditched the formula!

I used to keep all the milk separated by month, in the deep freezer. I was more concerned about something going missing in the freezer, and it getting too old. We had one 'super donor' (just over 19 GALLONS donated to us!) so her milk was used together for that storage month, then I would switch over to a mixture of everyone else. All our donors did appear to be low or dairy free, so I don't know if that made a big difference.

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Re: Are different donors a problem for baby's GI system?

Post by kmonteiro22 on Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:36 pm

I've read that breastmilk is very uniform from mother to mother. The things you eat or do may effect your quantity but nothing (except extreme malnutrition) will effect the quality or physical make up of the breast milk.
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Re: Are different donors a problem for baby's GI system?

Post by LoveBeingMomma on Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:38 am

My son was on donor milk from 4 months old until 2 days ago (now 17.5 months old) and he has had at least 30 donors from around NC, one in MO, another in FL and one in NH. He never had any problems with the donor milk. We had one main donor that would give us milk every couple of weeks, but it wasn't enough to keep up with his need, so we'd get milk wherever we could find it. We did try to stay medication free (particularly anti-depressant free), so that might've helped, but it always amazed me at how well he did with the multiple donor milk we had. When he was on organic formula for the first 4 months (before we found out about donor milk), he did projectile vomiting all the time. It was awful! But once we switched him to donor milk, he barely even spit up. The change was drastic.

Now, we're giving donor milk to our 6 week old daughter and she's had more reactions to some of the donor milk we've gotten. She'll spit up more and it seems it all comes from one donor, so it could be because we're not able to give her age-appropriate milk right now... I'm not sure. But, we feel the donor milk is way better for her than any formula. We just keep extra outfits around for her. Smile She seems happy & is growing well, so we hope to keep her on donor milk as long as we can.
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Re: Are different donors a problem for baby's GI system?

Post by BabyV on Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:55 am

Can you tell me the process you did for getting the milk shipped to you? Ups vs fedex vs USPS; overnight etc? Thank you in advance!

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