Breast milk donated by Welwyn Garden City mum helps saves lives
PUBLISHED: 16:20 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:20 20 August 2013
BREAST is best, as the expression goes – and a WGC mum has been doing her best to keep premature and seriously ill babies alive with her milk.
* Emma Surry, of Oakdale, has donated more than 40 litres of breast milk to help doctors save lives.
She has been donating to The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge, and this week will make her last donation.
Emma is now calling on more mums to follow her lead.
The 34-year-old started donating last December after suffering a traumatic birth with her second child, Woody.
Mrs Surry told the WHT: “Woody was in hospital for five days after he was born, and when I used to visit him at the Lister I used to see all the other babies on the ward.
“I just wanted to do something to help them, and thought if I donated milk it was like giving something good back to the hospital to thank them as well.
“I wanted to do it when I had my first child, but could find nothing in the area.”
Mrs Surry says that donating, if mothers have the milk available, is very simple.
She expresses a bottle – around about 100 to 130mls – while feeding Woody and then freezes it until she takes it to the milk bank in Cambridge once a month.
The milk is then screened and distributed to hospitals for babies who need it.
“Some people think it is really weird, but other people who I have spoken to about it think it is nice,” she said.
“But I don’t talk about it much because breastfeeding is such a sensitive topic.
“The last thing mums who are struggling to breastfeed want to know is that I am making so much I can give it away.
“But I do not think many people know that they can even donate it if they want to.”
On Friday Mrs Surry will make her final trip to the milk bank.
She said: “I’m not producing as much as I was now that Woody is starting to wean.
“But I’d encourage anyone to do it, they don’t have to produce as much as I have, just a little bit will help a sick baby.”
■ To find out more about donating breast milk, contact the United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking at www.ukamb.org
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