NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - There are some 44,000 recognized categories for Guinness World Record and a North Texas mother now counts herself among the record holders. But her category is one most folks probably aren't familiar with.
You see, Alicia Richman now holds the new Guinness World Record for "Most Breastmilk Donated." That's right! The Granbury mother pumped, stored and donated more than 11,000 ounces of breastmilk between June 2011 and March 2012. Her donation amount is equivalent to more than 86 gallons.
Richman's son was born last year and she began pumping her milk shortly after. The mother said, "I pumped at work, on vacations, in the car. And I never had to buy formula."
There came a point when Richman said she had filled two freezers with pumped milk and decided she needed to put it to good use. After doing some research, Richman found The Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas. The non-profit organization provides donor breastmilk to neonatal intensive care units to feed premature and critically ill babies.
After about a year Richman was told that she had passed the 7,000-ounce donation mark and was well on her way to being the organization's biggest donor. At that point, the 28-year-old mother decided to go after the Guinness World Record.
Richman said it wasn't about getting the designation, but about bringing awareness to the cause of community milk banks. The director of The Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, Amy Vickers, explained, "Three ounces of donor human milk could be as much as nine feedings for a premature baby."
Now Richman's son is 19-months-old and she is encouraging other mothers to try and beat her record. But be warned, she says she plans on beating her own record when she has her second child!
Just a note -- Richman didn't just beat the old record, she crushed it! She donated more than 3,000 ounces, some 23 gallons, than the previous record holder.
All those donating to Mothers' Milk area healthy, breastfeeding moms with infants less than one year old, and have been fully screened.
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