Amelia Boomker, a 36-year-old Illinois mom, has donated more breast milk than any other woman in the world. The mom of four boys — Danny, Liam, Ryan and Connor — is now a Guinness World Record holder, having pumped 16,321 fluid ounces of milk since 2008. That equates to 41 two-liter bottles of soda or 4,000 baby bottles.
None of Boomker’s own children were able to breastfeed for long, so she spent lots of time pumping for them, and donated the milk she had left to nonprofits like Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, which provides pasteurized breast milk by prescription to Midwestern hospitals. The milk often goes to premature infants in neonatal intensive care who can’t drink formula. The Indianapolis nonprofit noted, “Our goal is for our moms to be pumping in a healthy manner. So it’s not as though we encourage moms to pump an excess amount of milk to go for something like the world record.” Around 500 moms are approved to donate to the Indiana charity each year.
After each of her kids were born, Boomker pumped 8-10 times a day, for about 20 minutes each time. Boomker is an IT professional and says her employer’s flexibility is key to her ability to continue donating. She also says consistency has been a major factor in keeping her supply up.
“I hope that the record continues to get beaten because frankly that means much more milk is getting donated,” said Boomker. And that means more happy (and full!) babies.