A selfless mum has donated almost 1,000 pints of breastmilk to help dozens of other women feed their babies.
Tabitha Frost, 29, has hyperlactation syndrome, a rare condition which means she produces three times more milk than average.
It means the mother-of-three must pump every three hours and devotes four hours a day to her labour of love, which she says is like a full-time job.
The blogger first began donating after a nurse realised she was producing excess milk following the birth of her second child Adelaide, two.
“She had never seen so much milk before,” said Tabitha.
Now her eight-month-old daughter Cleo consumes roughly 25oz per day and the rest is handed over to local other families to feed premature or poorly babies, or those who are allergic to formula.
Tabitha, of Carlsbad, California, estimates she produces around 90oz (5.6 US pints) of breastmilk daily and has so far donated approximately 15,000oz (937.50 US pints) in total.
“I recently donated milk to a pair of twins who were born prematurely. They have a condition that requires them to be fed through feeding tubes.”
She said: “My routine doesn’t stop whether I’m on vacation, I’m not feeling well, or if I’m lacking in sleep. I’m always doing it.
“I’ll pump wherever I am. I’ve pumped at concerts, I’ve pumped at baseball games. I pump in the car, I pump at museums.
“You name it, I’ve pumped there.
“I don’t let life get in the way.”
Tabitha, who worked as a preschool teacher and a nanny before welcoming her eldest child Jaxon, four, donates through a company called Prolacta.
The milk recipients range from prematurely born babies in need of vital nutrients to tots who are unable to digest bottle formula.
It can save the lives of children whose mothers struggle to sufficiently produce milk to nourish their little ones.
Pumping the milk is a full-time job, as Tabitha’s milk reserves require emptying every three hours. Once it is pumped into sterilized containers and then frozen to preserve it for donation.
The generous mum said her routine can sometimes disrupt date night with her property developer husband Nick, 35.
Tabitha, who met Nick on eHarmony, said: “We’ll even be out on a date night and I have to take 15 minutes to step away to continue pumping.
“He knows that no matter where I am, every three hours, it’s time to pump.
“Often, I accidentally wake Nick up in the middle of the night because I’m pumping.
“He never complains, and he’s very supportive of me donating my breast milk.”
Even baby Cleo has noticed her devotion to donating.
She said: “Sometimes they can get antsy or frustrated when it takes up all of my attention, but for the most part they understand that it’s part of my everyday routine.
“Cleo definitely gives me a look when she sees me pumping as though to say ‘Hey, that’s my milk!’
“However, she still gets fed plenty. She’s a very chunky baby.”
Despite the disruption in her everyday life, Tabitha is motivated by the lives she is changing with her donations.
“It’s definitely a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding.
“I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.”
Follow Tabitha’s story at allnaturalandgood.com.