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.