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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Donating Blood while Breastfeeding

Today, we have a Blood Donation Drive in my company. Hospital Taiping Blood Bank is here. I was so excited to donate my blood, proud to say that I am a regular blood donator. Filled in the form and queued to be weighed and checked, I looked around and saw the smiling familiar faces laying on the beds provided. I guess they were all proud of themselves to part of this honorable event.
After pondering on the weighing scale on why suddenly my weight has shoot up, the she doctor asked the usual questions, any recent operation (nope), did I take any medicine recently (nope), pregnant (nope), age of youngest child (1 year plus), nursing? (yes), fully? (yes), banyak susu? (so far okaylah)....
She doctor : Maaf na akak, akak xleh menderma darah hari nih.. sebab takut nanti akak pengsan.
Me: Pasaipa aa...

She doctor : Masa derma banyak amik air dari badan, nanti akak xcukup air nanti pengsan.

Me : Nanti saya minumla air banyak2

She Doctor: Saya xnak amik risiko kak..


Ngeh..ngeh..ngeh... owh saya sangatlahhh frustnya.

With a heavy heart, me went back to the office did some net search and found this.

Can a Breastfeeding Mother Donate Blood?

Whether a breastfeeding mother should donate blood or not is subject to debate. Because donating blood removes fluid from the body and fluid levels can affect milk supply, a breastfeeding mother should carefully consider whether she should give blood and consult her doctor before doing so. In general though, a healthy mother with a well-established milk supply can donate blood.

In the American Red Cross guidelines, pregnant women are asked not to donate and nursing mothers are asked to wait six weeks after giving birth. The Canadian Blood Services temporarily defers women from giving blood if they’ve had a pregnancy within the last six months. The Australian Red Cross requires women to wait at least nine months after giving birth for the iron stores to replenish. It also requires that the mother wait even longer until the baby receives most of his or her nutrition from solid foods.

La Leche League experts are divided on the issue:

Dr. Gregory White, long-time senior medical advisor to LLLI, has always recommended caution in regard to breastfeeding mothers donating blood. On the other hand, Dr. Jack Newman, another member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council, says that any otherwise eligible mother can donate blood whether or not she is breastfeeding.

During blood donation about one pint (two cups, 450 ml or 16 fluid ounces) of blood is collected. According to the Canadian Blood Services, the plasma loss is replaced within hours. Because breast milk is 87% water, theoretically that temporary loss of fluid could affect milk supply and nursing mothers with supply issues might wish to refrain from donating blood. Others should consider drinking extra water before and after the donation as it’s important for a nursing mother to stay properly hydrated.


the link is : http://www.blisstree.com/breastfeeding123/can-a-breastfeeding-mother-donate-blood/

So it is true whatever the doctor said....

Any comments from you nursing moms out there. Is there anybody who has broken this rule?

10 comments:

Ely Hasrul said...

aku dulu time bujang selalu donate sbb opis dekat ngan blood ctr patu bila lalu mmg nampak la tanda darah sebesar alam hahahaha.. tapi since kawin pegnen nursing xpenah la donate sbb nye xlalu dh kat pusat darah negara tuh, kad record pon dh ilang :( patu xjumpak plak mana2 mobile blood ctr. aku rasa skang aku mampu aje donate sbb rasa cam kuat aje hahaha ntah ape2

Rozy said...

ko kan breastfeed, mana leh!!

DaniTheGirl said...

saya mmg suka derma darah dan memang ibu breastfeeding tak boleh menderma huhuhu mencik!

Honey said...

Thanks ... Info yg bagus ... Sya pun pernah terfikir nak derma darah tp masih BF so macam teragak2 ...

Mama-Miya a.k.a Jedi Hopeful said...

nanti pengsan, sapa susah...u dgn org keliling gak yg susah..kikiki...we all tak susah..we all tukang dgr citer u aje..kikikikkii..takpe la..ku bagi award sebab ada semangat & keinginan nak donate. ada niat tu pun dah dpt pahala wei.

Rozy said...

DaniTheGirl,

saya pun mencik!! Ingatkan leh rr dapat subenier kilang bg..(exclusive tumbler with company name printed on it).. dasar xikhlas tuh..hehhehe

Honey,
sabaq jalahh naaa..doktor tu kata kena tunggu sampy 2 tahun.

Ija,
tu pun ku xpuas ati tuh... ku pi jumpa lagi sekali nak tau betoi2.. kena halau gak..hehhehe

nadnye said...

oohh baru ku tahu bf mother cannot donate blood

Najwa said...

baca blog rozy br tau...wawa br plan nk donate sbb rs cam sihat walepatliat ja ni.
Dh lama tak donate, sejak abih blajar, pastu dh kawin hubby tak bg, skrg tgh BF lak. Rs cam terkilan lak xleh donate.

Hayati said...

mula-mula nak ucap tahniah sebab donated tu tapi baca lagi ropanya dinasihatkan jangan bagi. Tak pa la, next time leh bagi. Kami mengalu-ngalukan insan-insan yang macam Rozy. Kalau lagi ramai lagi bagus untuk kita sebab kebanyakan penderma adalah...So kalau ada ramai orang-orang macam ni kami amat berbesar hati.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your info. sedih sbb x dpt nak bantu kwn kerja yg sngt2 memerlukan darah B+....

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