This Mom’s Supply of Breast Milk Broke the Guinness World Record

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If you’ve ever thought that you’ve pumped so much breast milk that no other woman could have possibly pumped as much as you (which is definitely a common feeling), you’ve still got a ways to go before you catch up to Amelia Boomker.

The Bolingbrook, Illinois, mom of four just broke the Guinness World Record for breast milk donation with a whopping — ready? — 16,321 fluid ounces of breast milk to the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank between 2008 and 2013.

According to the milk bank, that’s more than 127 gallons, or equivalent to 816 Venti lattes at Starbucks or 241 two-liter bottles of Coke.

And even though Amelia’s contributions are selfless and help feed thousands of ill infants in neonatal intensive care units, she didn’t initially start pumping tons of breast milk for fun. She couldn’t successfully breastfeed any of her four sons for various reasons, but pumped after each pregnancy and donated all of the leftover milk each time. Now, Amelia says she’s planned her life around pumping and said being consistent is the key to her milk supply.

The previous record was more than 14,200 ounces by Karen Merheb of Dallas, but Amelia wants her record to be broken by someone else. “I hope that the record continues to get beaten because frankly that means much more milk is getting donated,” she says.

Would you ever consider donating your breast milk?

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