I am very blessed to be able to produce so much and it is nice to know there are people out there that are trying so hard to do good things. I hope my milk is able to help a lot of premature babies have a good chance at life, being healthy, and gaining weight. After both of my children, I have been able to give milk to several of my friends and help 5 of their children, and now, many children that I will never know about! That is so cool. I attached a picture of my family, without whom, it would not be possible for me to donate. My son, Titan is 2 years old and my daughter, Paisley is 6 months old.
My experience with the National Milk Bank has been phenomenal! Everyone that I have had the pleasure of working with through home visits from the lab to emails regularly have been friendly and supportive. I would totally recommend this experience to any nursing mother who has milk to spare. I love knowing that my simple and easy donation will help as many babies as possible. Keep up the good work!!
I am a mother of two beautiful babies. Being a breastfeeding mother is the most rewarding and best job on earth, for the payment is pure love. Making a donation is a small step to make a difference in the lives of the premature and babies in the NICU. Thank you NMB family for being an instrument to this life changing experience and for making this process so easy... The day that they received my breast milk I took my nclex exam and passed it. I'm a nurse now. I do believe that if you share something God will bless you hundred folds of blessing. To all the mothers out there who wanted to share their breast milks do not hesitate to give for God will bless you heart... I salute all of you for being so hard working...
My son Peter is almost 6 months and I am very thankful that I have been able to produce enough to keep up with him. After about a month I started pumping to prepare for me returning to work and leaving him with my babysitter. At first I was worried about being able to produce enough milk but now I worry about not being able to fit anything else in my freezer. I am glad that milk donation was suggested because I never would have thought my excess milk could be used to help save a baby's life. I am thankful for organizations like this that make it possible for mothers like me to make such a big difference. At first the process for donating seemed complicated but NMB does everything and makes it quick and easy. I was also pleasantly surprised at how quick they were to respond to any questions or concerns I had. I now look forward to filling my freezer.
I have been blessed with a good milk supply that not only nourishes my twin boys, but also allowed me to give to others who need it. I didn't know much about breast milk donation, but when I told my mother that I had more milk than I needed or could store, she remembered hearing about an organization that women could donate breast milk to, that would go towards helping premature babies. As a mother of multiples, from the onset of my pregnancy, I was told that my babies had a very real chance of being born prematurely. Luckily, they weren't but if they were, the thought that there was an organization that could have helped nourish my children if I couldn't really hit a cord inside me. Because I have been so fortunate, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for me to share the milk I had collecting in my freezer, with someone who truly needed it. Knowing that I possibly am helping even one child in need is the greatest feeling in the world..
I started pumping about four days after my milk came in. I pumped three to five times a day because I knew Jackson would need milk when it came time to go to daycare or if we wanted anyone to babysit. It was my mission to make sure he had enough milk! When he was about a month and a half we learned he has a dairy protein allergy. I had been eating dairy the entire time I had been pumping! I quickly realized that we would not be able to use any of the milk I had pumped for him. I was devastated to think I was going to have to throw it all away. I couldn't bring myself to do it! I remembered hearing about milk donation somewhere. I thought about it and decided I probably wouldn't qualify since I didn't do anything special with my diet. I still couldn't throw the milk away so I decided why not try? I looked online and found two websites for milk donation. I found that I liked what the National Milk Bank said on its website and it felt like a better fit for me, so I decided I would fill out the application and if I was rejected I would throw the milk away. I filled out the application online and heard back quickly. Before I knew it, I had gone through all the steps and was qualified to donate! I was ecstatic! I am so happy to be able to help other babies. I cant wait until Jackson is old enough to tell him how much he helped babies in need!
Breastfeeding was, hands down, the HARDEST thing I've ever done in my life. For the first week, I was an emotional wreck. I cried just about every day. I needed more support from my family, and the only support I was really getting came from my girlfriends who'd been there and done it. I worried about Waverly's weight gain. I worried that she was getting jaundiced. I worried about her latch. I worried and worried and worried. And so many times, I struggled with the thought of having to give up. I even remember praying to God asking Him to take it away from me if I was being too selfish in wanting to be successful at breastfeeding. I also remember one of my girlfriends telling me to just take it one day at a time because every day Waverly got breast milk was one more day of the best nutrition I could give her. Best advice ever.
Within the next few months, I continued to struggle but this time with nipple soreness and a few bouts of plugged ducts...but I persisted. And before I knew it, three months had passed, and we finally successfully completed a full month of problem-free breastfeeding! I finally felt like I could do it...and now a year has gone by, and I look back in awe and astonishment at how blessed I was. When I look at the stash of excess breast milk in my freezer, I shake my head and smile at the thought of the fearful, insecure, and worried first time mom that I was just last year. God has blessed Waverly and me indeed, and we’re SO glad that we can help be a blessing to others as well. Waverly is 13 months and still nursing... but we have way more breast milk frozen and stored than she could possible consume at this point and are so glad that we can help other babies with this breast milk!
Thank you Stacy and everyone else at the National Milk Bank for making the process of donating milk effortless! I'm happy to say that I've donated twice now, and because I've donated over 300 ounces, I will be receiving a reimbursement check for my breast pump. I'm thrilled that I'm able to give my baby girl my breast milk, and also fortunate enough to make plenty extra to help premature and sick babies. Thanks again!
Thank you for allowing me to help babies in need!! If we have a third and God blesses us with an abundant supply, rest assured that I will become a donor again! Thank you for EVERYTHING.
Well, I've said many times that I'm pretty good at several things but I think I'll be searching my whole life for the one thing that I'm great at. I stand corrected.. I'd make a great cow!...My original goal was to collect at least 100 ounces by the time Chloe turns 8 months old...I collected 28 bags with at least 4 ounces a piece so that makes 112 + ounces...I reached my goal. And I'm super excited about that... [My daughter] Emma said a sweet prayer for the babies that will be receiving the milk...