“I never thought about donating milk,” she said. “I’ve never known anyone who donated milk before.”
Fink is not shy about sharing intimate moments with her online audience. This includes the date of her son Milo’s birth last November. She shared everything from the birth process to her life after giving birth. But when it comes to feeding Milo, Fink admits that pumping breast milk has been a huge mystery to her.
So, Fink shared her journey by recording a series of “Pump with Me” videos.
“This was something I had never seen before. And my audience found it fascinating.”
Fink said the extra milk was starting to build up in the fridge.
“All I knew was that my body was producing more milk than my son was drinking in a day,” she said.
Fink’s followers encouraged her not to waste milk and to donate it instead. At the time, she said, she didn’t realize she could donate breast milk. The process was started by Googling, “How do I donate breast milk”.
After finding New York Milk Bank, I underwent a phone check, an online application, and a blood test. Fink also needed to give permission for the milk bank to access her medical records and Milo’s.
While Fink began donating her extra milk before the milk shortage came, she says that given the current situation, it is needed more than ever.
“It’s important to realize that the milk in your freezer is better served to the baby who needs it right now, especially the really young babies in the NICU who have been compromised because of their size and age,” she said.
Fink said the response to her donation has been “very positive and powerful,” and she hopes sharing this part of her journey will inspire others to do the same.
“The process was very easy and really simple, because it seems kind of daunting.”
She also has a message for moms who are struggling to feed their young children right now.
“If you are affected by the lack of formula, there are people and ways to connect with those people who have … an answer to your problem … there is help in your community.”