As I watched a woman leave my house with a carrier bag full of my breast milk, I felt proud. Although my breastfeeding journey had not worked out as I had imagined, it comforted me to know that my breast milk would be nourishing other babies. When I gave birth to my daughter, five months previously, she did not take to breastfeeding. After losing 15% of her body weight due to severe tongue tie that prevented her from feeding directly, I picked up my breast pump and began pumping exclusively – I would feed her my milk, just not from the breast. Before long, I had filled my family’s freezer with my milk, then a whole new freezer.
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