Our 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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Hello! I am sharing my story in hopes that is brings comfort to someone out there. I donated milk to Mothers’ Milk Bank from December 2015 to February 2016. I decided in August of 2015 I was going to donate. My donation means so much to my heart because it was in honor of my Angel Owen.
Owen was born in November 2015 and lasted just moments before going to heaven. He had a genetic condition so very rare, and we knew in August our time with him would be very brief. I wanted to give other babies and mommies a fighting chance. I had an over supply from my first son born in 2014 so I knew I would have an okay milk supply to donate. I began pumping the week after my son was born and made sure to keep it up as long as I could.
Donating has helped the process of stitching my broken heart back together. I know my little angel is so very proud of me and I am so grateful to have been part of this amazing community of donating mothers. Cheers to you and your wonderful babes!
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