Milk Stories

Milk Stories: Tammie & Baby Boy

baby-vander With my first baby, he enjoyed a healthy, super active pregnancy, born on his due date with a natural drug-free delivery. Though I had many struggles that first-time moms have with breastfeeding, we had a very successful 15 months or so of nursing and pumping. Sadly, because I didn’t seek out more information, I ended up tossing a few boxes of milk away in the trash and down the drain because they were getting too old and I never thought I could donate while on any medication.

Fast forward to baby boy number two, the last baby my body will carry. He endured a rocky, scary, inactive pregnancy, on bed rest in the hospital, due to a complete placenta previa and frequent bleeding. He was born via a scheduled C- section almost four weeks early with a highly-medicated delivery. He was unable to nurse for the first two and half months of his little life. Also, when he was born, we had to decide if we were going to use donor milk or formula for the first couple days of his life. We gratefully chose donor milk, all the while thinking of and prayerfully thanking the mothers gone before us to provide such wonderful nutrition during a stressful time for us.

Since he was unable to nurse, but my milk came in quickly, I faithfully pumped every three hours, 24 hours a day, for two and a half months. I wondered if he’d ever learn and have the strength to nurse. The little guy only needed maybe one third of the milk I was producing and so there went our deep freezer space. This time, determined to find a way to donate, even if I had to go off my daily medication, I contacted you lovely people at Mothers’ Milk Bank. To my surprise, my medication was no problem and I made my first donation after the easy screening process.

With every drop-off, I felt such privilege and gratefulness that I had this milk to share. I haven’t been able to donate blood (because apparently, it’s frowned upon when one passes out with every donation of blood), so I have been thrilled to be able to do this instead—which is why it makes it all the more sad that our time is ending. It’s been a wonderful journey and knowing I can donate definitely motivated me at times to pump when I probably could have gotten by without doing so. I knew a little inconvenience for me went a long way for someone else. What an honor for you ladies to work for such a life saving organization! Thank you for expressing your gratitude and kindness towards me!

—Tammie

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Milk Stories: Melissa & Baby Girl

original_307e7382ebd28b1726df76e1450e89f9My daughter was born at 36 weeks due to IURG and low amniotic fluid.  Our stay included time in the NICU, jaundice, and a poor latch, which made breastfeeding extremely difficult. Luckily for us, Avista Hospital offered us milk from Mothers’ Milk Bank. Sadly, she never learned to latch, so I exclusively pump for her and had an oversupply. I have donated over 2,000 oz. to MMB because I am so grateful for the milk we received in the hospital.

—Melissa

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Milk Stories: Mona & Baby Girl

original_a40702ec14056ee29292b9b5198c6a54My baby was born on 8 June 2015. I had already decided to breast feed her. God blessed me with an abundant milk supply. In the starting months, I used to dump the extra milk and doing that I felt so bad as I knew a few friends of mine who were not lucky to give their babies breast milk.

Then I searched and finally found Mothers’ Milk Bank. I was so happy that I could help someone with this milk of mine. I contacted them and they made it possible. This bank and everyone working out there is great. They made me feel great. You guys are doing an awesome job by making it possible to help those needy babies. Thank you.

—Mona

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Milk Stories: Becky, Nash & Ruby

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My name is Becky (#9595) and these are my twins Nash and Ruby. I’m so thankful my milk supply allowed me the opportunity to be a milk donor.

I’m a nurse in the NICU at IMC in Murray, Utah. I get to see and experience first hand the benefits of donor milk. I know it makes a huge difference and can be a game changer for a premature baby.

I love my job and I’m so thankful for all the moms out there that choose to give such a precious precious gift!

—Becky

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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.

–Jacqueline

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DONATE MILK. SAVE BABIES.

Do you produce milk in excess of your own baby’s needs? If so, consider donating to Mothers’ Milk Bank. Your extra milk could help babies in NICUs all over the country. Just one ounce of milk can feed a micro preemie for an entire day.

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