Hyper-Lactating Mom Donates 700 Gallons of Breast Milk

Meet Elisabeth Keturah Anderson-Sierra, who’s declared herself a “mass milk producer.”

Elisabeth suffers from hyper-lactation syndrome, which causes her body to produce way more breast milk than her baby needs. As a result of hyperlaction, breasts will feel overfull and/or engorged all the time, mom may have pain during letdown, mom will likely leak milk between feedings, mom may leak abundantly from the opposite breast during feedings, and mom may develop plugged ducts or mastitis.

So, yeah, not exactly fun.

However, Elizabeth’s managed to turn lemons into lemonade — or, should I say, excessive milk into milk donations. Her body makes 1.7 gallons of milk a day, and she has donated 700 gallons of her excess breast milk, which is twice the world record.

700 gallons! To put that in perspective, here’s a 700-gallon fish tank:

For gay dads, moms who’ve undergone mastectomies, and women who are unable to breastfeed for whatever reason and determined to provide their babies with the “liquid gold,” Elisabeth’s donations have been invaluable.

She spends 10 hours a day pumping and storing — with five of those hours hooked up to a pump — and has even been hospitalized for dehydration.

Now that’s dedication.

Candy Kirby

Candy is the founder of The Mom Beat and a humor columnist whose work as appeared in Redbook, Nickelodeon's NickMom, Disney's BabyZone, HelloGiggles and eHow. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation.