Today, I became the honored recipient of a freezer full of donated breast milk. Yes, there are mothers out there with extra-large milk supplies, and extra-large hearts willing to give up their freezer's stash of liquid gold to help a baby in need.
If your first thought is "That's weird. Feeding your baby someone else's bodily secretions," I totally get it.
I had mixed feelings about donor milk which is why I hadn't really pursued it myself. But when someone offered, I accepted. Because, when you think about it, why does feeding something called "formula," (which sounds like a science experiment, is made from another mammal's milk, mixed with artificial ingredients,etc. etc.) make more sense than feeding HUMAN milk to my HUMAN child? It doesn't. Yes, formula works in a pinch. But, if someone has milk to spare, I'll gladly use it to feed my baby.
Read about the risks and benefits of Milk-sharing vs. Formula Feeding.
This really encourages me to keep trying, even if I never have all the milk she needs coming from my breasts, I could still have a nearly-exclusively breast milk fed baby!