Thank you so much for all of the hard work you do, and for helping us to change the lives of precious babies in need. God has blessed me with two very amazingly beautiful and healthy children, and with the ability to nurse both, and regardless of how difficult things seem I try not to never take this for granted! It is my hope that these babies too get to enjoy the lives that they deserve. Should I have any more children, I once again will look forward to donating!
Jennifer O'Shea & Liadan
I just think about all of those little vulnerable NICU babies that need the nutrition, and love the idea that we can help them! I have been blessed with a beautiful healthy baby, and an even healthier milk supply, and being able to help those babies at a most crucial point in their lives just warms my heart.
Mickayla & Miss Addison
When I decided to donate my milk, I was nervous about the process. Would it be difficult or time-consuming or confusing? The women at the National Milk Bank were simply divine. They couldn't have made it any easier! They were super easy to get ahold of, via phone or email, and they always responded immediately. They kept me informed of everything throughout the process, and really went the extra mile when necessary. They covered all costs, and even have a system in place to send a phlebotomist out to draw blood at the donor's convenience! I was so, so impressed with the entire process, start to finish. I never once felt like I was dealing with a faceless corporation who didn't care about anything but the bottom line. These were real women who cared about me and my donation, and who truly want to help critically ill infants. I have been recommending them to all my friends! Thank you so much for making this process rewarding and easy at the same time.
My purpose for donating my breast milk is that I feel very fortunate to have had the ability to produce enough milk for my baby plus extra and I know the immense benefits of breast milk for babies. I've spent enough time in medical school in NICUs to know how sick those poor kiddos can be, so I am so very happy to do whatever I can to make their lives easier.
Elizabeth and Liam
For starters, I want to thank you for being so kind and helpful from the first phone call! I called and talked to a couple of milk banks but none of them made me feel as welcome as you did! With my first baby I tried to nurse but was not successful due to a lot of medical issues during and after delivery so I pumped and she received my milk until 10 months but with supplement from formula. When we planned for baby #2 I told myself from the get go that I was going to nurse and this baby was only going to get breast milk. So soon after I came home from the hospital and my milk began to come in I started pumping. Jenna (baby #2) was a champion and she helped me out! I just kept telling myself you can do this! No matter what people said or how I felt I pushed through and continued to only breast feed. I said I was going to save the milk so if my milk dried up she would have breast milk till she was at least a year old. So bag after bag I put into the deep freezer... Family members asked what I was going to do with all of this milk that started piling up and I would always say I'm saving it in case Jenna would need it. When Jenna was 5 months old I started looking and calling for my options because I was beginning to run out of space unfortunately, I hit many dead ends. I called a couple local hospitals and even the health department, they really didn't know where to send me. We do not have any milk banks in our area yet. I started googling options for breast milk. I considered many other options but felt more comfortable sending my milk to a hospital where it would be pasteurized and I knew every drop would be used for a good purpose. After all pumping, nursing, and taking care of and running after a 2 year old isn't easy ! I contacted National Milk Bank and Lacey was very informative and super sweet. After we talked I called a couple other milk banks that were closer to home and when I hung up the phone I couldn't help but think of the NMB. My husband and I talked about it and decided even though NMB was so far away, that seemed like the perfect fit for us. The milk I had stored was my security blanket and I wasn't willing to just give it to anyone! Jenna is now 6 months old and we have completely ran out of freezer space. It took all I had to rearrange the milk to get the ice packs they sent with the coolers in there! So today, May 8th Josie (my 1st daughter) and I have packed two coolers as full as we could possibly get them and we are waiting on FedEx to pick them up! As Josie said, 'Milk in box - babies with booboos - bye milk!' This has been nothing but a blessing. I feel so privileged to have worked with the NMB and Lacey (I'm sure the rest of the girls there are as sweet as she is but I have only had the pleasure of talking with Lacey)! The process was super easy and Lacey made it stress free on getting all the steps completed to become a donor. Thank you so very much Lacey for everything you have done! You are a true blessing! I will be calling to arrange for another cooler and I feel relieved to be sending my milk to babies on the west coast!
Monica, Josie, and baby Jenna
I can relate to the parents with children in the NICU. Cecilia was in hospital for 12 days after her birth. She had open heart surgery at 6 days old. Due to her hospital stay, by the time we brought her home, she was "hooked" on bottle-feeding, so I have been pump-and-feeding her ever since, and plan on continuing to do so. I am so glad to have found a worthwhile agency to which I can donate my extra milk. I hope that all NICU babies can grow to be as strong and healthy as my Cecilia has grown.
Erin Pulst & Cecilia
I'm so fortunate and blessed to have produced enough milk to feed my daughter and three nephews (all born months apart) and the tiny NICU humans in need! I appreciate how easy this process was!!!
Sharla & Baby Mariko
When I was pregnant with my son I never imagined that he would come early at 35 weeks. Although he didn't stay long in the NICU, it was long enough for me to sympathize with parents and the premature babies who need care in the NICU and I knew from that moment on that if there was anything I could do to help I would.It makes me really happy that I was able to donate some of my breast milk to these babies in need. I encourage every mother that is able to breast feed to also donate their milk.
I'm all too familiar with the NICU... my son was a tiny 1lb 12 oz... and 100 day NICU survivor . I'm glad I can help- I believe my milk really helped him get through! Breast milk saves!
Having my son and being able to breastfeed finally made me feel that my body has a purpose. I feel very fortunate not only be able to nurse my son, but to have lots of excess milk so that we were able to share with other families and babies in need. I would like to send a big THANK YOU!! to the National Milk Bank for making it possible for us to give such a wonderful gift to other families. You ladies make this entire process too easy!