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Mum Nicknamed The 'Breast Milk Milkman' Collects Gallons Of Milk For Hungry Babies

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Mum Nicknamed The 'Breast Milk Milkman' Collects Gallons Of Milk For Hungry Babies

A mum, nicknamed the 'breast milk milkman', collects gallons of milk for hungry babies.

Leanne Forbes, 29, had donated more than 330 pints (190 litres) of her own milk to mums in need through her local baby bank by the time she had stopped breastfeeding her youngest child.

But she decided to carry on helping out and has since volunteered her time to collect and drop off milk for those using the service.

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A&E receptionist Leanna now collects and delivers gallons of milk from over-productive mums to those who are unable or struggling to feed their newborns.

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Credit: Mercury Press and Media

Leanne, a mum-of-four, said: "Everybody thinks I'm crazy when I tell them I'm sort of like a breast milk milkman.

"I know a lot of the women on my round because you do go to the same addresses each time.

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"I say hello and have a laugh with many of them, just like a milkman would.

"It's a very special and emotional thing to donate and share breast milk, so many mums are going through their own journey or troubles and I get to help them with a part of that."

Leanne started volunteering in July and now carefully plans her timings to ensure she collects and drops off all the milk in a five-hour window - so it's fresh.

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Credit: Mercury Press and Media
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Once collected from the mothers, Leanne stores it in freezer boxes in her boot before taking it to the Healthy Baby Hub in Tiverton, Devon, where it is kept frozen until it can be pasteurised and distributed to premature babies in need.

Leanne, who lives at home in Barnstaple, Devon, with her four children, Jacob, seven, Evangeline, six, Henry, three, and Poppy, one, said she hadn't even heard of breast milk donation until a midwife brought it up.

Although struggling and having to top up with formula for her first two children, after giving birth to her third and fourth, Leanne found she was producing more than enough.

Leanne said: "When I had my first two children I really struggled to breastfeed, I found it really painful and I didn't want to use formula but I ended up having to.

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Credit: Mercury Press and Media
Credit: Mercury Press and Media

"But when I had my second two I had a huge oversupply, I was expressing myself all the time.

"My midwife suggested I donated it but I didn't even know I could do that or that it was a thing.

"I ended up donating 190 litres in total and it felt like such a special thing to be able to do.

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"When I finished, I didn't want to stop helping, I felt like I needed to carry on doing something.

"I have made a great network of friends at the milk bank and out in the communities.

"It's extremely rewarding and I feel so lucky to be able to do it."

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Topics: Interesting, UK

Claire Reid
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