Wisconsin Woman Makes 29-Gallon Breast Milk Donation

PHOTO: Amy Bormann donated over 3,000 ounces of breast milk to help babies in the NICU. She is pictured here with her sons Greyson, 1, and Garrett, 3.Amy Bormann
Amy Bormann donated over 3,000 ounces of breast milk to help babies in the NICU. She is pictured here with her sons Greyson, 1, and Garrett, 3.

Twenty-nine gallons of breast milk is a lot of time to spend on the pump.

But for Amy Bormann of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, it was well worth it to help babies in need.

The mom of two told ABC News she was breastfeeding her second child and at some point realized she had two deep freezers full of back up supply. Not wanting to stop breastfeeding her baby yet -- then six months old -- and also not wanting her milk to go to waste, she asked a local lactation consultant about donation.

Over the course of her "breastfeeding journey," as she called it, she donated 3,702 ounces to The Milk Bank donation center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau.

PHOTO: This is a photo Amy Bormann snapped of a typical breast milk donation. Amy Bormann
This is a photo Amy Bormann snapped of a typical breast milk donation.

"I worked in a NICU," Bormann said, "and know how important breast milk is for premature babies."

Susan Lindekugel, a lactation consultant at the birthing center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital who does not know Bormann, agreed. "We're always looking for milk," she said. "It comes from all around the nation, the same way a blood bank works."

Lindekugel said 29 gallons is a very large donation.

PHOTO: The back of Amy Bormanns car, stacked with breast milk, on the way to make a donation. Amy Bormann
The back of Amy Bormann's car, stacked with breast milk, on the way to make a donation.

"Most women get between 2-5 ounces every time they pump and pump 8-10 times per day. You do the math," she said.

While Bormann said it was a huge time commitment, she also said it "was an amazing experience." She also said the approval process wasn't hard: some paperwork, lab tests and a note from her child's pediatrician that he wouldn't lack for milk if she began donating.

"It's such an easy process and I would hope that if other moms had extra milk they would donate too. It's totally worth it to keep at it a little longer. Every little bit goes a long way."