86.8 Gallons of Breastmilk

Some good deeds are unusual; for example, Alicia Richman of Granbury, Texas, donated her breastmilk so it can be used to feed premature and medically fragile infants. In fact, as of October 2012 she holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest amount of breastmilk donated. Between June 2011 and March 2012, she donated 11,115 ounces of breastmilk (86.8 gallons) to The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, which gives the breastmilk to neonatal intensive care units, where it is fed to premature and critically ill babies. In March 2011, Ms. Richman gave birth to a son, and she started pumping her breastmilk. She said, “I was so blessed to have more milk than I needed. I pumped at work, on vacations, in the car. And I never had to buy formula.” Ms. Richman filled two freezers with her breastmilk. She said, “I started searching the Internet to find out what I could do with these freezers full of milk, and that’s when I learned about The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.” Amy Vickers, executive director of The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, said, “Alicia’s generous gift of human milk has fed hundreds, and more likely, thousands of premature babies across the United States. Three ounces of donor human milk could be as much as nine feedings for a premature baby. We know that she’s changed lives all over Texas and beyond, and we are proud to see her earn this recognition from Guinness World Records.” Erin Hamilton Spence, MD, a Fort Worth neonatologist and former milk donor, said, “We depend on donors like Alicia to sustain and grow our fragile infants whose mothers cannot provide them with their own milk. Her ‘extra’ milk saves lives.”

For Further Information: “Granbury, Texas, Mother of one Helps Feed Hundreds of Babies as a Breastmilk Donor to Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, Breaks World Record for ‘Most Breastmilk Donated.’” PRWEB. 24 October 2012


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