The TikTok star talks about her journey through breastfeeding and milk surplus to help others during a baby food shortage

“I never thought about donating milk,” she said. “I never knew anyone who donated milk before.”

Fink isn’t shy about sharing intimate moments with his online audience. Including when her son Milo was born last November. She shared everything from the birth process to her postpartum life. But when it came to feeding Milo, Fink admits that pumping breast milk was a big mystery to her.

So, Fink shared her journey by recording a series of “Pump with Me” videos.

“It was something I had never seen before. And my audience found it exciting.”

Fink said that extra milk had started to accumulate in her freezer.

“All I knew was that my body was making more milk than my son was drinking in a day,” she said.

Fink’s followers urged her not to waste her milk and donate it instead. According to her, at that time she did not know that she could be a breast milk donor. She started the process by googling “How to donate your breast milk.”

After she found the New York Milk Bank, she went through a phone check, an online application, and a blood test. Fink also needed to give the milk bank permission to access her and Milo’s medical records.

While Fink began donating extra milk before the formula shortage, she says the current situation is more needed than ever.

“It’s important to understand that the milk that’s in your freezer is best served to a child who needs it now, especially those very young children in the intensive care unit who are at risk because of their size and age,” she said.

The response to her donations has been “extremely positive and powerful,” Fink said, and she hopes sharing this part of her journey will inspire others to do the same.

“The process was really very easy and simple because it sounds pretty intimidating.”

She also has a message for mothers who are currently struggling to feed their young children.

“If you’re affected by a shortage of formula milk, there are people and ways to reach out to those people who have… the solution to your problem… There’s help in your community.”

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