As a first time mother, it difficult to know what to expect. You can read as many books as you want, but nothing can truly prepare you for journey you are embarking on. Your life changes in an instant and you try to make all the best decisions for your child. I went into my pregnancy with the anticipation of breastfeeding my daughter. When she was born, I had a difficult time trying to get her to latch onto my breast. We tried every which way in the hospital and had many qualified lactation consultants provide their assistance. It was a bit discouraging to know that a natural phenomenon was hard for my daughter and I to complete. I was not certain how much milk Ashley was actually getting during a feeding and as a parent it was concerning. When we arrived home from the hospital, I started pumping. I knew that I did not want to give up breastfeeding all together, but thought if I chest fed and bottle fed I could at least monitor half of the milk she was consuming to make sure she was getting adequate ounces. I produced more milk then she could consume so I started freezing it in hopes she would one day need it.
Due to medical reasons, a friend of mine had mentioned she would be able to obtain donated breast milk after the birth of her child. Although a bit unconventional, I had offered to be her personal donor if she choose to go down that path. They did decide it would be a better fit to formula feed their child, so I began researching how mothers obtain donated milk from our previous conversations. I came across the National Milk Bank in my search and fell immediately in love with the cause. I started the qualification process to become a donor and received the good news that I was accepted. I was able to empty my freezer and ship National Milk Bank three coolers of my frozen breast milk. It is honestly truly rewarding to know that I am able to do something to help premature babies that my body produces naturally! Today, Ashley and many other babies are benefiting from my breast milk and I could not be happier! My hope is that other mothers will find my story inspiring and want to get involved too.
My name is Katie and I started donating my milk to the National Milk Bank right after we had our middle daughter. Up until that point, I shipped my milk to two girlfriends that were having trouble nursing. Once they stopped nursing however, I reached a dilemma. I didn't want to throw it away because I felt it was a waste yet at the same time, I didn't know what do with the excess. God has blessed me with a very good milk supply and I didn't want to waste that gift. A friend told me about the National Milk Bank, because she had looked into it herself as a potential customer. I looked up the National Milk Bank online and started the application process as a potential donor. The rest, as they say, is history. I have truly enjoyed donating to this organization. The process (from application, to shipping, to simple email correspondence) makes it easy for me, a mother of three, to donate. Amazing. Both my husband and I are huge proponents of breast milk and it's health benefits. Thank you National Milk Bank. I started out wanting to bless others and in the end I was the one that's been blessed.
All throughout my pregnancy, I wanted to breast feed. I just hoped that I would be able to and that my baby would do well! We both ended up exceeding my expectations! My son was a rock star at breast feeding from the beginning and I never imagined that I would produce as much milk as I did. I was making so much that we ran out of freezer space! I was thrilled to find the National Milk Bank. Although it was a long application process, it was so worth it. Everyone tells you that breast milk is like "liquid gold" and it's true. I hated the thought of having to throw milk away so when I was finally cleared to donate, I emptied out the freezer and sent all the milk I had! My son is a happy, healthy 8-month old and it makes me feel so good that I can help other babies grow with my milk. I am so fortunate that I was able to produce way more milk than my baby needed. Thanks to organizations like National Milk Bank, I can share the gold.
My son Leo was born at 24 weeks of gestation. I wanted him to be breastfed, but he was not able to consume my milk at the beginning, so I started pumping. In about a month he was finally introduced to my milk, but at that time I was pumping ten times more than he could eat in a day. At some point the doctor offered to add human milk fortifier to my son's diet to help him to gain weight faster. Honestly, I felt a little bit humiliated at first - "What? My milk is not enough?!" But we started Leo on a fortifier and it really worked!! Leo weighed 8 pounds when he reached his due date. After 4 months in the NICU, my son finally came home. He was able to breastfeed, and we had two full freezers tightly filled up with my breast milk bags (we had to buy another one when we ran out of space in our freezer). I learned about the National Milk Bank and the approval process was super easy. I was eager to cooperate on that long questionnaire because I knew how important every little thing could be for those little preemies. It didn't cost me anything- they even sent a nurse to my home for the blood draw. I was so happy that Leo and I had the opportunity to help the premature babies in the same way someone helped us 6 months ago. Thank you, National Milk Bank, for making me so proud of myself!
Anna Durbuzovic & Leo
I am glad that I was able to help. I thank God that my baby is healthy and growing.
Winnie Cai & Linus
We feel sooo blessed to be able to share our milk with other babies, and be a blessing to them.
Faith Shoff & Darren
I love helping babies!!
Sending my milk feels like sending a life line to so many helpless babies in need! What a simple way to help save lives! It's true! The gift IS in the giving!
Lisa Hunt & Khari
I am truly blessed that I can donate my extra breast milk to help sweet preemie babies. Having twins I was worried that I would not be able to keep up with my milk supply while nursing so I made sure to do everything in my power to make sure my babies had my precious milk, so I had started pumping more which now has led to an abundance of milk in my freezer. It is my pleasure to donate this extra milk to help those little babies in need and so they can thrive to be healthy!!
I am very blessed to be able to donate to NMB, I have been able to donate to NMB and local mom over 1,200 oz and still going. My son is only 7 months old and I plan to continue to share the wealth until he is a year. Thank you NMB for providing such as great program for donor mom's and for babies in need.