We were so blessed that our twins came at 38 weeks, but I know so many little babies do come early and just need a little extra help. I am so grateful for your organization and all the help for little ones that you provide! Thank you for making this process so easy. I love how organized, helpful, and generous your entire staff has been. I'm so happy to have been able to contribute and of course could not have done so without you and the ease of your whole operation. Thank you! Many blessings to you and all the people you help!
I am a first time Mommy to an amazing little 6 month old. I feel so blessed to be able to breastfeed; what a wonderful bonding experience Easton and I have had. It also makes my heart happy knowing that my extra milk can provide nourishment for premature babies. Thank you National Milk Bank for providing this opportunity.
I am a first time mommy and feel blessed to breastfeed. I had extra milk and was running out of storage space when I realized I could donate it to babies in need. I am glad I came across National Milk Bank. I appreciate the opportunity to help little lives. My experience with National Milk Bank and its staff has been very pleasant. Thanks for all the great work and for giving me the opportunity to help. All the best.
My Dear Ladies at the National Milk Bank,
Thank you for giving me the privilege to be a part of your organization! It has been a great donating year and I am proud to have helped so many babies. I would like to share my experience with your organization as a woman, mom, stepmom; as well as a donor.
I have been beyond blessed to be able to have nursed all of my children. Like any other first time mom; I wasn’t educated about breastfeeding. All I knew is that my mother nursed me and I was going to do the same. My 1st daughter was born in 2001. It was a rough first few weeks nursing and I almost gave up. Thankfully a neighbor, who had a daughter 3 months older than mine, gave me the strength to keep trying. Her encouraging words from one breast feeding mom to another were just what I need. A few days later my daughter and I were in sync. At this time I was unaware of any breast milk donating services. I had plenty of extra pumped milk that I didn’t know what to do with. It didn’t occur to me if there was a milk donation organization. Unfortunately, I had to pump and dump.
In 2006, along came my 2nd daughter and we took up breastfeeding like pros. I was blessed again with more milk than my daughter needed. This time researched online to see what my options were. Lucky for me I found the National Milk Bank just two cities away in Southern California. Who would have thought that donating breast milk was like donating blood?
I joined the National Milk Bank in 2007. Kim, Stacy, Danielle and Lisa guided me through the whole process with ease. They kept in contact with me, answered my questions and encouraged me to keep up the good work. I pumped a total of 127.75 oz. When I needed someone to pick up my milk; a delivery person would come directly to my door. I was extremely pleased with the NMB’s verbal communication and services.
In 2011, I was blessed with a little boy. He entered a home with 4 big sisters. ? My son was my biggest child and nursed more than my daughters. I was blessed again to be able to produce so much breast milk. I wasn’t sure if I could still donate again to the NMB because I moved to Arkansas before I had my son. I contacted the ladies via email at the NMB to become a donor again. They said of course we can ship to Arkansas. I was so pleased! I felt this time; I had the right education about donating breast milk. They answered my additional questions that I didn’t think to ask with my first experience 5 years before. As of right now, I have donated 1,325 oz. It does not include my last cooler I sent out after the Thanksgiving holiday which was almost full too. I was impressed again with the NMB’s email communication and services.
National Milk Bank has been very generous with sending supplies when I needed them. When I lived in California; my supplies were mailed the same day I requested them and I received them the next day. Living in Arkansas; when I needed a cooler or supplies, it was at my doorstep within 3 or 4 days. NMB documented the proper instructions in every cooler for storing, freezing and packing my milk for shipment. They also paid for all shipping cost. Amazing!
I was very appreciative of the breast pump reimbursement program for 2011 - 2012. I was not expecting any money in return. I was more than pleased to be offering my extra milk. I received a check for $300 in the spring as a thank you for my donation and time.
It’s been a great honor to be a part of the National Milk Bank organization. I am a strong believer in this organization and I will miss being apart of it. I hope one day that there will be a human milk donation organization in Arkansas. I would love to work in an organization; like the National Milk Bank, with moms like me that want to help babies.
I have included a family photo of my beautiful daughters (in jeans), step-daughters (in skirts), my husband and our son who is just over a year old. Yes, he is spoiled by his sisters. We have a perfect blend of all ages. We are extremely lucky!
Kim, Lacey and Stacy … Thank you again! Many blessings!
Midway through my journey as a surrogate mother, I decided that I wanted to donate my breast milk. After much searching for a local milk bank in my area with no success, I found NMB and was sold. The fact that my milk is pasteurized and given to Neonatal Intensive Care Units was what drew me to them. I was put in touch with the National Milk Bank, a milk bank that sends their milk to a lab to process. The NMB Director was more than helpful in assisting me with the application and screening process so that I would be ready to donate as soon as the baby was born. I was provided with an electric pump and supplies at no cost and within days of my baby's delivery, was sending off my first donation! The fact that I could ship my milk from my own front door via FedEx made the process virtually effortless. My experience with both The National Milk Bank has been wonderful. I have a deep sense of pride and gratification for the contribution that I have been able to make and I appreciate the companies for providing such a service, not only to donating mothers, but to the babies in need. This experience for me is best summed up in a comment made to me by the NMB courier on a recent phone call who said, "I'll be by to pick up your milk and we'll save some babies!" I love sharing my surrogacy story with others and my milk donation is great "icing on the cake".
Kim Schremp-Orange County, CA
I am a mother of one but pregnant 6 times. I have been through a lot trying to have a successful pregnancy. That is why I know how important it is for a mother to have a healthy a vibrant baby. I finally had a doctor that diagnosed me with a weak cervix. I got pregnant again and at 38 weeks I gave birth to a healthy baby boy! I was ecstatic! After all of my heartache I was able to hold my child for the first time. It is unlike any feeling that I have ever felt. In some cases for women at birth is when the heartache begins. Some babies are born too early or with other issues that demands medical attention. In my case my heartache was up front and I was very stressed throughout my pregnancy.
Once home with my son I wanted to give him the best of the best, and so I breastfed him. It was a little rocky at first but we got through the rough first weeks. After a while I returned to work and would pump three times a day at work to keep up with his demanding appetite. As he got older his appetite changed and food was incorporated in his diet, but my milk supply always stayed high. I had a freezer full of milk and didn't know what to do with it. As most women say, "Breast milk is liquid gold!" I surely felt this way and could not get up the nerve to throw this precious milk out. So I did some research and found National Milk Bank (NMB). Out of all of the milk banks I chose NMB because they seemed the most reliable. Also, I could be in another state and still donate my milk. If I were to use a milk bank for my baby it would be NMB because of all the checks and balances that they perform. As I look at my son and see how precious he is I know that there are many moms out there that want the best for their baby also. That is why I wanted to help. I think that this is a great opportunity for me to help babies in need to thrive. NMB was great in making the process easy. I received all of my materials delivered to my home. The screening process is very thorough and covers all bases to ensure that your baby gets clean and healthy milk. All milk is DNA checked to ensure that the milk is from the actual donor, and the milk is pasteurized before sending it on for the babies to use.
The whole process to me is amazing and I am so proud to be a donating mom. To be able to help another mother enjoy the same joys that I have is great! I know I appreciate the doctor that helped me have a successful pregnancy and now I feel like I can give back to those in need. Breast milk is the best milk for your baby. I believe that it is the best milk when I look at my son and see that he has not been sick and is very hefty and healthy. It is a joy! Thank you NMB for allowing mothers like me give back.
Theresa Jones-Carter-York , PA
I could not bring myself to pump and dump so I turned to breast milk donation with the National Milk Bank and I liked what I found. My personal struggles in nursing led to an over-abundance of breast milk, and there are babies who desperately, desperately need it. I see this situation as a unique opportunity for me to make a small difference in someone else’s life. I am so fortunate to have been blessed with two healthy boys, something I can only thank God for. I feel so proud that I can play a small part in another mom having what every mom wants, a healthy baby.
I can’t say enough about what a positive experience donating my breast milk has been for me. I tell every woman I know who is expecting and /or nursing about the milk bank and how much of a difference it can make. I remember when my first child was born, looking at the sick babies in the NICU and just wanting to help them, I almost felt guilty when I got to take my beautiful, healthy baby home. I knew the first time I saw something about National Milk Bank on a nursing mother’s website that I needed and wanted to do this. Thank you so much for organizing this whole process and for making it so easy for moms to donate!
We were devastated when our daughter, Natalia Michaella, was stillborn. In the midst of that devastation, my sister, Courtney, suggested I consider donating my milk. I couldn't be more grateful to her for the suggestion, or to National Milk Bank for walking me through the process. I pumped over 500 ounces, which helped my body heal properly, and helped me feel connected to my baby. Knowing that the milk our Natalia helped make has done so much good for babies all over the country has warmed our hearts.
I watched Erica donate Natalia's milk to another baby she would never meet. It was so hard for her, but it gave her a chance to help a baby in need, exactly the kind of purpose we both needed in such a dark time. I am so proud of her for donating, and would encourage anyone else in a similar situation to consider donating.
Erica and Bryan