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Old 06-26-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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donating blood

Anyone know if it's okay to donate blood while nursing? I checked Kelly Mom and according to that site, I'm good to go. LO is almost 22 months (sigh!) and I'm definitely over 100 pounds! Several years ago, I was told not to donate while trying to get pregnant, pregnant or nursing. Thanks, Mamas!

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Old 06-26-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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I did a few times. I never researched if it was technically ok.

In the last month, however, I've had to tell 3 Red Cross callers to take me off the list during my pregnancy. They don't let up!!
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:21 PM   #3
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I've heard that you're fine as long as you're at least 6months pp, over 100 lbs, and with good iron levels. You may need to drink extra water and eat a large, iron rich meal before you do, though. I'm sure you'd get light headed faster.
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I've heard that you're fine as long as you're at least 6months pp, over 100 lbs, and with good iron levels. You may need to drink extra water and eat a large, iron rich meal before you do, though. I'm sure you'd get light headed faster.
This, except I've always been told it's 110lbs. They've never let me donate since having kids as I've never hit 110 again...but I've definitely been always over 100 & have been turned away the 2 times I tried.
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I donated a couple of months ago. My nursling is 18 months old. They didn't even ask if I was nursing, just if I was or ever have been pregnant. I'd say as long as your iron levels are good (I struggle with this), you can give.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:14 PM   #6
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Re: donating blood

Great question, would never even thought of asking before donating!
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