An Indiana mom set the Guinness World Record for breast milk donation by pumping out more than 127 gallons of milk, equivalent to 4,000 milk bottles.
Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank in Indianapolis said that Amelia Boomker’s record-breaking donations, contributed between 2008 and 2013, are equal to 241 2-liter Coke bottles or 816 Venti Starbucks lattes.
Milk bank spokeswoman Carissa Hawkins told Today magazine that Boomker has a skill rarely found in the 500 moms a year that the milk bank approves for donations.
“It just so happens that Amelia — she has some pumping skills … it’s just insane,” Hawkins said of the mom to whom they had to start sending liter bottles in order to keep up with her output.
The 36-year-old mom from Bolingbrook says she is happy that her record will help premature and ill babies.
“I hope that the record continues to get beaten because, frankly, that means much more milk is getting donated,” she said.
“The milk donations we receive are delivered to hospitals throughout the Midwest to provide live-saving nourishment to newborns who are critically ill in Neonatal Intensive Care Units,” said Hawkins. “Amelia’s donations helped save many young lives on the way to setting the world record.”
“We joke that there was probably a wet nurse somewhere in the family tree,” Boomker said.
Boomker said she had previously broken the record by contributing 7,000 ounces of milk to another bank, but the donation wasn’t documented.
Boomker, who works in IT, said consistent pumping has made her record milk production possible. Her employer allows her to pump regularly in a lactation room at work.
Ironically, Boomker has had to bottle-feed all of her own children, though she pumps for them as well.