Milk Stories

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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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!

–Stacy

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Milk Stories: Heather

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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Milk Stories: Jessica & Jaycee

milk stories_jessica and jaycee_march 2016My daughter was born just two days shy of 36 weeks. She was an emergency c-section due to me having preeclampsia and also having elevated liver functions. I had spent most of the summer in and out of the hospital due to this and finally my body had had enough.

Jaycee was born at 6:11 pm, small but healthy, and I remember the NICU team standing by ready to wheel her over to the NICU. Having my child in the NICU took an emotional toll on me but I knew she needed to be in there to get strong so she could go home. She was in there for 13 days and while she was in there I was pumping so she could receive it through a bottle but I still had more than enough left over. I found out about donating while she was in the NICU and that was one of the most rewarding things I was able to do. After being approved to donate, I donated around 800 ounces while still being able to pump/nurse my daughter.

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Milk Stories: Daisy & Aiden

Milk Stories: Daisy My son Aiden was born at 34 weeks and only weighing 2 lb, 13 oz at birth. We were quite surprised at his size as we thought he was fully developed. We had Aiden at Rose Hospital in Denver and while we were at the NICU we learned so much about preemie babies. The nurses there were truly amazing and they were the ones that explained the Mothers’ Milk Bank process and how many babies they helped.

Aiden was definitely one of the babies who benefited from Mothers’ Milk Bank and I was truly thankful for that because I know how difficult it would have been for us had he not had that available. It took me a while before I was able to produce enough breast milk but after I was able to, I made sure to save as much milk as I could so that I could help other babies that were in a similar situation as my son. When I was finally able to donate, I was truly happy to know that my milk was being put to good use. I plan to donate in the future.

Thank you, Mothers’ Milk Bank.

Love.

–Daisy

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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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