Meet Hazel

During her pregnancy, Jessica dreamed of holding her baby girl moments after giving birth, but when Hazel was born unexpectedly at just 26 weeks, weighing only 2 lbs. 4 oz., Jessica was heartbroken to realize that wouldn’t be possible. Hazel was transported to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and was immediately surrounded by a cascade of medical tubes that provided the nutrition she needed to survive.

Hazel spent the next several months in the NICU and, until Jessica’s own milk came in, received life-saving donor human milk from Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB) through a feeding tube. A program of RMCHF, MMB was able to provide Hazel with the precious donor human milk she needed in those first critical days.

Today, Hazel is a thriving, healthy one-year old who no longer relies on myriad medical tubes thanks in-part to the support her family received from RMCHF and MMB.

Every day, RMCHF and MMB support families with fragile infants who need life-saving donor human milk to survive. Each child’s illness, injury or birth condition is different, as is the support their family needs. In the face of a family’s ever-changing needs, RMCHF and MMB provide consistent support so fragile babies, like Hazel and her family, are hopeful and healthy.

Your support makes outcomes like this possible. Please consider making a gift to help. Your gift to RMCHF and MMB ensures we will be there when a family like Hazel’s needs us most.

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“The doctor told us human milk is extremely beneficial because it lowers her risk of infection, and it’s easier for her underdeveloped tummy to digest. She only needed 1 ml to start, but being a preterm mother, my milk did not come in right away. We were so grateful that a mother out there had donated her milk so our baby girl could have the best possible start to life.” – Jessica, Hazel’s mother


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