US woman wins Guinness 'max breast milk donated' record after pumping 86 gallons

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 09:23 hrs

London: A woman from North Texas has been awarded a Guinness World Record for donating breast milk after she pumped over 86 gallons between June 2011 and March 2012.

Alicia Richman from Granbury donated the milk, which equates to 11,000oz, to The Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas - a non-profit organisation that supplies neonatal intensive care units.

"I pumped at work, on vacations, in the car. And I never had to buy formula," the Daily Mail quoted her as telling CBS DFW.

The 28-year-old began donating shortly after giving birth to her son, now 19 months, when she found that she had managed to fill two freezers with pumped milk - far more than he would ever need.

She decided to put her extraordinary ability to good use and help premature and critically ill babies who could benefit from the nourishment human breast milk can provide over formula.

"I feel like God blessed me with plenty of milk and I need to do something special with it," she said.

"There's a need for it, little babies everywhere are sick and they need breast milk to survive, and I wanted to give them that," Richman said.

Richman, who exceeded that existing record by 23 gallons, plans to try to beat her own record when she has a second child.

"Three ounces of donor human milk could be as much as nine feedings for a premature baby," Director of The Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, Amy Vickers, said.

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