May 2016

Milk Stories: Jacqueline & Norah

milk stories_jacqueline_may 2016My first child, Norah, was born speedily at 42 weeks. It was a beautiful, unmedicated birth that quickly turned into a heavily medicated surgery due to a significant hemorrhage. When I later declined a blood transfusion, I was told I would not be able to breastfeed. I simply didn’t have enough blood to produce milk. While the lack of blood caused my teeth to become translucent for a time, my midwives encouraged me not to give up on breastfeeding.

It took several weeks, but, eventually, my milk came in with plenty to spare. As I stockpiled milk in the freezer, I knew my daughter couldn’t use it all and was compelled to share it with babies in the NICU, knowing that it can literally save the lives of preemies.

As I wean my final child, having donated to the Mothers’ Milk Bank after the births of my second and third daughters, I am grateful: for the milk to feed my babies and for the milk to feed some of the smallest and most vulnerable.


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Milk Stories: Stacy & Cora

milk stories_stacy_may 2016Our daughter Cora was born at 33 weeks, weighing 3 lbs 9 oz., due to severe preeclampsia and other complications. She was in the NICU for 3 weeks while she learned to suck/swallow/breathe in order to bottle and breast feed. During that time the nurses gave us the choice between giving her formula or donor milk, and because of the many health benefits breast milk has for premature babies we chose to receive donor milk. Because I exclusively pumped for several months while my milk came in, and while Cora learned to bottle/breast feed, I had an oversupply.

Knowing the benefits of donor milk gave Cora many advantages as a premature / immunocompromised baby, and gave my husband and me peace of mind as new parents of a preemie, I wanted to become a donor in order to provide other babies and families the same advantages. Being both a recipient and donor of breast milk working with Mothers’ Milk Bank has been a humbling and gratifying experience!


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