Mom With 'Insane Pumping Skills' Breaks Guinness Records for Breast Milk Donation
byKaitlin StanfordMar 26, 2014
When it comes to pumping, let's just say Amelia Boomker is a total pro. The Illinois mom of four has just shattered a Guinness World Record by donating a whopping 16,321 fluid ounces of breast milk to the Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank, a nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis. (And that's on top of the breast milk she was pumping for her own four babies.)
While 16,321 fluid ounces is a pretty insane amount of breast milk to imagine, the Daily Mail has put it in perspective for you: That's the same as 816 venti-sized Starbucks coffees or 4,000 baby bottles. (Incredible!)
Of course, it did take Boomker some time to work her way up to that record-breaking number—her donations were given between February 2008 and September 2013.
Boomker first started pumping up a storm as a way to provide her babies with breast milk, since none of them took to breast-feeding naturally. In the case of her oldest son Danny, he actually had to be tube-fed as a baby, due to a heart condition. Liam, now 6, had trouble latching because of a high-arched palate; 4-year-old Ryan just never took to it; her youngest, Connor, only stuck to it for a few weeks.
As a result, Boomker has spent a lot of time pumping over the years. After each of her babies' births, she routinely pumped between eight and 10 times a day, for 20 minutes per clip.
And being able to provide milk for her own babies, as well as others in need, has been a real source of pride for the mom and IT professional.
"We joke that there was probably a wet nurse somewhere in the family tree," she tells Today.
But despite all of her pride over breaking the Guinness World Record, Boomker's real hope is that her accomplishment encourages other mothers to donate, too.
"I hope that the record continues to get beaten because, frankly, that means much more milk is getting donated," she says.
As for the previous Guinness World Record holders, they include Karen Merheb of Dallas, Texas, who donated 14,243 fl. oz., and Alicia Richman of Granbury, Texas, who donated 11,115 fl. oz. (Clearly, there's something going on in Texas.)