As you’ve recently learned, last week on 10/10 I gave birth to our second daughter, Josephine. Since I’m a stay at home mom, I don’t need most of the milk I pump during the day. After a bit of research last week I came across a group on Facebook called, “Human Milk for Human Babies” (https://www.facebook.com/hm4hbWA). This chapter is for Washington. Every state should have It is a group of mothers or mothers to be who exchange breast milk. A modern day group of wet nurses per say. Anyone who has extra milk, offers it up for someone in need. Vice versa anyone in need asks. Unlike a milk bank, which takes donated milk and then charges $3 an ounce to those in need, Human Milk for Human Babies or HM4HB, has no cost. However in consideration to pumping mothers the receiver usually provides the bags for freezing the milk.
I will probably be posting my milk at the end of the month. Over the past week, I’ve been pumping about 15 ounces a day, so it should provide a considerable blessing to someone in need in the Washington area.
Yesterday I was talking to my mom on facebook and she mentioned that two of my sisters were picking figs at my aunts’ house. My Aunt Zoe has three beautiful fig trees in her yard. Not to mention she also has peaches, plums, pineapple and blueberry plants in her yard. Sad thing though is that most of my family, like my aunt, are in florida and I am across the country in Washington.
I told my mom that I was a little jealous that they could pick figs right now. I love figs! In reply she said she would mail me some!
I’m in shock that people can actually mail fruit. I did look it up just to make sure it was correct and sure enough USPS document C022 states: “Mailable perishable foods that do not rapidly decay or generate obnoxious odors in the mail may be sent at the mailer’s risk.” That made me laugh. Someone on yahoo answers wanted to know if he could random fruit, like a banana through the mail without a return address so that he could confuse one of his friends.
For you, me and everyone else out there, yes you can mail fruit. Just make sure it’s packaged well, won’t spoil quickly and marked as fragile.
Through facebook I found a wonderful spot that has free organic raspberries in Tacoma Washington. It is called Central Tacoma Free-Radical Media Exchange. It’s a mouthful. It’s actually on one of the back alley roads between Oakes and Anderson Street off South 19th Street. The only catch is that it’s a u-pick, but that’s a condition for me which is wonderful. My 2 year old and I went today for the first time and she loved it. An added bonus. She picked and I picked. Even minus the estimated cup of raspberries we ate while picking, we still had two cups when we returned home. Lovely.
See their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Tacoma-Free-Radical-Media-Exchange/129516583853425
*note: the picture above is actually from their site.