My little Jenna was born at 5 lb 12 oz, now she is more than 13 lbs in the fourth month, very healthy and cute.This is all thanks to my breast milk. Now I want to share my extra breast milk to babies who need this and thanks to the NMB family provide us such a convenient way to process it.
Jingchao Li & Jenna
I am so blessed to be able to donate my excess breast milk to such a meaningful cause to help the babies in need. I have been very fortunate this time after my second child to have "so much" milk! I had no idea what to do with it all. My son just couldn't drink as much as I was producing. After looking into what I could do, I found that I could make such a difference by donating "My liquid gold"! I never knew that breast milks nutrition was used in this way. My first donation was almost 500 ounces and have donated more since. Thanks so much for the opportunity! This is amazing!
Stephanie Croft & Brent
I, like many of the other first time moms, was not sure what to expect when it came to breastfeeding. My daughter was born and feeding went better than I could have ever imagined. I knew I needed to return to work after six weeks and began to feel anxious wondering if I would still be able to provide my baby with enough milk. Once I return to work my anxiety soon passed as my freezer began to fill. Then the issue came where freezer space was quickly filling and I was running low on storage space. Wondering what to do with all the breast milk, someone mentioned breast milk banks. I went online and came across National Milk Bank. After reading their website I knew that I would attempt to go through the process with them. I am so happy I made that decision! They were so welcoming and showed how truly grateful they were with postcards and magnets before I even knew if I could be a donor. I received my first coolers to fill today and am ecstatic to be able to fill them with the excess breast milk to sent to such a wonderful organization.
Thank you very much for all you do to help premature and critically ill babies! I thank God every day that my little boy is healthy and happy. I hope that my milk can bring the same good fortune and happiness to other mommies and babies!
Valerie Melchert & Jude
I started donating my breast milk to the National Milk Bank a month after Max was born... Today I sent off my 4th cooler with about 250 oz! As you can see, Max is not missing out on his feedings.
After my baby reached about 11 months, I realized that I had too much breast milk in the freezer that I would not be able to use up, but I knew I did not want it to go to waste. I had a couple friends that said they wanted some for one reason or another, but after that all fell through I started researching into milk donation banks. I was not sure who to go with, but one of the lactation consultants that I work with on the Birthing Center suggested the National Milk Bank. She could not have picked a better place for me to donate to. I thought that it was going to be a horrible lengthy process and that it would be hard to get a hold of them because I live across the country in Maryland and it sounded like a big company, but it wasn't! They were so easy to talk to- got back to my emails almost instantly it seemed like. The paper work was not too bad and I was worried with them faxing the forms to my OB and pediatrician, but everything went so smoothly. They hooked me up with someone to come to my house to draw my blood because I did not live close to a blood draw center.
They are just amazing, nice, and very accommodating. The coolers came within a week after they sent them, and the directions enclosed were very easy to follow. I would recommend this milk bank to all my friends!! I usually do not write reviews, but I knew this would be worth it. It is just so exciting to think that my milk will go to some premature baby and help them grow and get better so they can be with their mom and dad full time. I am happy to be apart of that! My son, Henry, has been exclusively breastfed for 13 months and is still going!!
Julie Callahan & Henry
My healthy baby came three weeks early after the doctor decided to take her early since she wasn't growing. He was afraid if he left her in I may not end up with a baby at all. Once she came out I had trouble getting her to latch on so I had to begin pumping. I was pumping yet my daughter had to take formula. After weeks of working with a lactation consultant I was finally able to successfully breastfeed and continued to pump. Once I realized my freezer was out of space I decided I needed to do something with my extra milk. I am so blessed to have found the National Milk Bank and am so beyond blessed my daughter and I are able to help babies in need!
Laura Leport & Mad
This was my second time around being a working, pumping mom. After my first baby boy I was only able to pump for about five months and did not know at the time that breast milk could be frozen and stored. Once I learned that it could, I planned to make and store as much as possible during my pumping time with my second son in the hopes of giving him breast milk for his whole first year. I ended up much more successful than I had hoped, making so much milk in the first six months that I filled both freezers in our home.
I decided to donate my milk after hearing about other moms (in an online support group I was in) doing the same. After doing some research online I decided to use the National Milk Bank because of the extreme ease with which I could be certified and send my milk, regardless of which state I lived in. My certification process was super fast, as well as very easy for me, and I was able to make a large donation all at once.
I am very grateful for the abundance of milk that I was blessed with, I know how hard it can be for some moms to make enough, especially trying to do so while working fulltime. I am so glad that I was able to share this blessing with others and at the same time give a better chance at a healthy life to precious babies who are in need. I was also blessed with two healthy babies and I could never imagine the hardship faced by those moms who's babies are born prematurely or with complicated health needs. I am forever grateful to the National Milk Bank for giving me the chance to help out where I could, and to make a positive difference in someone else's life.
Breastmilk donation with National Milk Bank has been such a rewarding experience. My only regret is that I did not find National Milk Bank sooner! I am blessed to have had, not one, but three healthy babies who I was able to successfully breastfeed AND store large quantities of breastmilk. I wish I would have known about programs like yours with my first two children, as much of my stored milk was wasted, without the knowledge that breastmilk could be donated to babies and families in need. For anyone considering breastmilk donation with National Milk Bank, or any program such as NMB, please acknowledge that breastfeeding is a gift, and if we are so graced, our gifts are to be shared.
Shannon Lyons & Ruby
I have an oversupply of milk and quickly filled our freezer in just two months. I didn't know what to do with all the milk I had already stored. I made a joke with my lactation specialist about donating to a milk bank, not knowing it really existed, and she told me it's a real thing and gave me all the info! I feel incredibly blessed for having an abundant supply to feed my baby and I'm glad an organization such as the National Milk Bank exists that allows moms to be able to help babies in need. Thanks to the wonderful people behind the scenes who made donating super easy!