A mum has been nicknamed the “breast milk milkman” for collecting gallons of the stuff for hungry babies.
Leanne Forbes, 29, donated over 330 pints (190 litres) of her own breast milk to mums in need via a local baby bank.
When she stopped breastfeeding her youngest she decided that she still wanted to help the cause.
So, she volunteered to collect and drop off milk for those in need.
Leanna, an A&E receptionist, now picks up and delivers breast milk to mums who are unable to, or having difficulty with, feeding their newborns.
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Mum-of-four Leanne, said: "Everybody thinks I'm crazy when I tell them I'm sort of like a breast milk milkman.
"I know a lot of the women on my round because you do go to the same addresses each time.
"I say hello and have a laugh with many of them, just like a milkman would.
"It's a very special and emotional thing to donate and share breast milk, so many mums are going through their own journey or troubles and I get to help them with a part of that."
Leanne has to carefully time her route so that the milk is fresh when delivered – which means it has to be picked up and dropped off within five hours.
The bags are stored in freezer boxes in her boot before being pasteurised at the Healthy Baby Hub in Devon.
Leanne learnt about breast milk donation after having difficulty nursing her eldest children.
She topped up her supply with formula, but when she had her younger kids realised she had more than enough milk.
A midwife suggested donating it and now she’s a regular on the milk bank rounds.
Leanne added: “It's extremely rewarding and I feel so lucky to be able to do it.”
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