Family loses more than $1,000 in breast milk
MEDFORD -- A mistake during maintenance at Woodland Town Homes has the Sifton family worried for their son's health.
Paige Sifton said last week they were out of town when plumbers were in the backyard, unplugging the deep freezer and ruining about 300 ounces of breast milk.
"When I had someone come out and look at everything in the freezer they had said "well we're sure we can compensate you for the food loss but seeing as it's just breast milk there's nothing we can really do," she said.
Sifton said that milk is valued at about $4.00 per ounce, or at least $1200 in total. But the mother said her son Elliot is tongue-tied, which restricts the tongue's range of motion, making breast milk priceless for her family.
"At any given time that tongue tie could affect his ability to breastfeed which would mean we would have to switch over to bottle so if we have no stash and my supply drops because of his tongue tie then we're kind of screwed," Sifton said.
The mother said breast pumping produces an ounce every 20 minutes, meaning 100 hours went into those 300 ounces in the freezer.
"My son was born in December so she's been building up the supply since then and finally has gotten to the point where she has enough in case something happened," Paige's husband David said.
And with a busy baby, finding the time is not always easy.
"When you pump you have to stay hooked up to a wall, which means someone else has to watch him because he's crawling and he gets into everything. I'm usually pumping really early in the morning or really late at night because he has to be sleeping because my husband works long hours," Paige said.
Property management staff say they're in the process of finding a solution for the family.
Woodland Town Homes did offer $100 off rent for the next month, but the Sifton family said that's not enough.
The plumbing company said although they did move the extension cord they did not unplug it.
If you're interested in donating breast milk to the family, they're accepting dairy-free donations for their lactose intolerant son. You can email Paige at email@example.com.