Beaverton, Oregon, USA : Current Guinness Book of World Records holder for largest donor of breast milk, Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra, of Beaverton, has reportedly more than doubled her Guinness record of 53,081 ounces given to 120,000 ounces, or 937 gallons so far. The Guinness people are reportedly waiting until Anderson-Sierra weans off breast feeding so they can get an updated accurate count.
Diagnosed with hyperlactation syndrome after her first daughter, Isabella, was born three years ago, Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra makes three times as much milk as her daughter would ever drink in a day. Six times a day, every single day, for three years. Never a break, she uses a breast pump, then stores the milk in her freezer. Her kitchen freezer has no food in it, it’s full of 5-ounce bags of frozen milk. In her garage sits a 5-foot-long deep freezer. It’s full to the brim with more milk, all dated and measured.
“Save all the milk! It’s liquid gold for a reason, we work really hard for it!” Anderson-Sierra said.
Since day one, Elisabeth, affectionately known as the Milk Goddess, has donated to breast milk banks in Oregon and California. It’s given to premature and medically fragile babies, or those whose mothers don’t make enough and can’t handle formula. Just like giving blood, Anderson-Sierra herself and every batch of milk she donates is rigorously tested.
Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra, of Beaverton, has reportedly just shipped the largest-ever donation of breast milk to Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, and she’s just getting started.
Her husband, David Sierra, is Puerto Rican and when Hurricane Maria hit in September, they heard stories of breast milk going bad without refrigeration and moms unable to find electricity to pump. Anderson-Sierra packed up coolers full of her milk and sent it down to family to get distributed to babies in need. Soon, she got word they found the perfect recipient.
Anderson-Sierra says it’s not easy mentally to keep up the pumping. She’s missed a lot of family time having to spend six hours a day tied to the machine. And it’s not cheap either, buying all the supplies. But it’s a mother’s gift to share what her daughters have with kids around the world.
“I love hearing these stories and seeing where milk is going and pictures of the babies drinking it,” says Anderson-Sierra. “It’s very rewarding and one thing to push me to continue.”
She has just been approved to become a surrogate mother and plans to continue donating her excess breast milk.