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Virginia mom donates 12,000 ounces of breast milk to 30 babies

Christina Resch was producing more breast milk than her premature baby Finley could drink. Producing more than she could store, she donated to babies who needed it.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Christina Resch's son Finley entered the world six weeks early and she was determined to help him grow.

But, little Finley only drank about 10 ounces a day.

"I was making anywhere from 75 to 100 ounces a day, pumping a lot," Resch said.

She said normally a baby will drink 24 to 28 ounces a day. Because Finley was drinking less than half of that and she was producing so much more, fridges and freezers started filling up.

"My dad said he needed freezer space back," Resch said.

So, she started to donate to friends like Mary Williams.

"I just stopped producing as much as I was," Williams said. "She donated to me for seven months, up until Charlotte turned a year old."

Still producing more than she could store, Resch joined Facebook groups like 'Human Milk for Human Babies' to connect with moms across Virginia that needed help.

"One mom drove all the way from Richmond for her twins," Resch said.

She's donated to fosters and other babies with special needs.

"It was a preemie like Finn, they were both due in August," Reach explained. "But, he has a swallow issue. Milk, formula and other things build up mucus in his throat, but breast milk doesn't."

She even helped a baby who lost its mother to domestic violence.

"That one kind of tugged on me a little bit," Resch said. "That made me cry when I gave that milk to that baby."

Fast forward 17½ months and Resch has almost lost count.

"I think I'm up to almost 30 babies, including my two," Resch said. "Twenty-eight babies that are not mine."

Now, she's connected with new lifelong friends.

"A lot of us became Facebook friends, so I will get the random like on Facebook," Resch said. "I'm like 'Oh my goodness, hi!'"

It's a labor of love, but she doesn't mind.

"It makes me feel good sometimes when I step back and look at it," Resch said. "I'm like 'Whoa, I helped grow your kid for seven months. I helped grow your kid for a week.'"