After Sienna’s pediatrician suggested milk donation, Iris called Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas and was encouraged to learn about the easy approval process and overnight shipping program. She says, “After an interview and blood test, I received milk donor bags, shipping supplies and instructions. Everything has been convenient and not a hindrance to my routine.”
As an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University that teaches animal science and nutrition, I talk a lot about feeds that are best for livestock animals. I try to relate a lot to human nutrition. When discussing young livestock animals and the importance of their mother’s milk, I advocate for breastfeeding and the impact it has on human babies.
When my daughter was less than a year old, I came across a news article on a website about breastmilk banking and the shortage of milk that Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas was experiencing. I happened upon the article just by chance, but I knew I could help. Because I was a working and pumping mom, I had a lot of milk in my freezer. I visited the website and called to go through the process for with my daughter. After I had my son a few years later, I knew I wanted to continue to donate to Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.
I had plenty of milk; why not share it with those who truly needed it? I had tried to donate blood on previous occasions, but I would pass out. I knew I wouldn’t have that problem with milk donation! This was also my way to give back. I knew how important human milk was for healthy babies, so I could understand how crucial it can be for premature or sick babies. My family was blessed with two very healthy babies. I hoped to take some of the stress off parents who had an infant in the NICU.
After my oldest son Connor was born, I realized that I was blessed with an abundant milk supply. As I prepared to go back to work, I knew I would be traveling a good amount and started pumping and storing milk for the times I expected to be away from my baby. I returned to work at 4 months to discover that I wasn’t going to travel as much as I thought I would. I decided to donate excess milk. I had learned about donating excess milk when I was pregnant – a friend had posted about the need for milk at human milk banks.
The whole process of working with Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has been wonderful. In fact, I recently participated in a study about the culture of breastmilk through a local university, where I discussed donating to a non-profit milk bank and how easy it has been. I’m thankful for the easy email communications and how simple it is to receive shipping material as needed. Simone at Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has been great – I love getting email confirmations from her that let me know how many ounces I’ve donated. I would recommend donating to MMBNT to any mom with extra milk. I am pregnant with our second child and plan to donate again after birth!
I view my breastmilk donations to Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas as one of the most important things I have ever done. My first child spent only her first night in the NICU due to some minor delivery complications. Although her time in the NICU was brief, it gave me a very small glimpse of the stress the parents of babies in the NICU must feel. When I began to have a significant oversupply after the birth of my first daughter, I read about how milk donation of surplus milk to HMBANA milk banks would help medically fragile babies in NICUs. I immediately fell in love with donating my surplus milk; I loved that I could do something to help these beautiful babies and hopefully help their parents as well. I donated again after having my second daughter. And, if we are blessed with additional children, I will go through the process of applying to be a donor again.
An additional reason I have for donating my milk involves my work serving as an Attorney Ad Litem to CPS children; I have been appointed to babies born into very unfortunate circumstances, some who have been in the NICU. If my extra milk helps a baby that needs it and gives them the best possible start in life, I am all for it and will be right there in line to get my blood drawn – again – in the screening process. My donating experience with Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has been amazing. I feel like I am treated like family.
As a former NICU nurse, I knew how breastmilk benefits premature babies. I breastfed my other two sons and wanted to provide our new little miracle with the same start, so I began pumping every 3-4 hours. At first Camden was on IV nourishment, but soon received less than a teaspoon of my milk through an oral-gastric tube. I was concerned that I would not produce enough milk, but I was able to fill up our home freezer as well as the one in the NICU!
I am finishing up my pediatric residency and know that there is nothing else in the entire world to replace breastmilk. I was so sure that I would be breastfeeding my son and had all the accessories ready before my son was born. After his birth, we found that he had a cleft in his soft palate which made it impossible for him to breastfeed. I started pumping in the next few hours but had no milk. My son have to be on formula given through a special feeder. I kept on pumping every three hours for the next 4 days and then milk started coming! I would keep an alarm every 3 hours throughout the day and night and pump, and by the 15th day, I was already freezing milk. My son is still exclusively breastfed and I am continuing to have a good milk supply with fewer pumping sessions per day.
I don't know if I will continue to make milk until my son has his cleft surgery at the age of 10 months. I might never breastfeed him, but I feel so proud that I have been able to give him all the goodness of breastmilk in a bottle. I heard about the milk bank during my NICU rotation in residency and am more than happy to do whatever I can to help those premature babies.
On November 22nd we welcomed our third baby, our first boy! 11 weeks earlier at our 20-week scan we were given devastating news, that our baby boy had Trisomy 18, and was labeled as “incompatible with life.” As I carried him, we loved him unconditionally and in our eyes he was “compatible with love and joy.” Our sweet boy blessed us with an hour and a half before the angels took him home. The time we had with him is a priceless gift that I will carry and treasure in my heart forever. I nursed and pumped with my two older girls for a full year, so after he was born I started pumping around the clock. Pumping is my way to still feel connected to him. In his memory, I decided to donate my milk to help other sweet babies that can benefit from something so special, and it makes me so proud of him. It is such an amazing feeling to make something good out of something so heartbreaking.
“A gift of love from my sweet angel, Kaden.”
I was blessed with baby boy last year. I always wanted to keep him exclusively on breastmilk, so I had started pumping and storing extra milk after 2 weeks. I was producing good and was able to store around 1,000 ounces in 3 months. Unfortunately, my little one was diagnosed with cardiomypathy when he was 3 months old and ended up in cardiac NICU for a month. But he couldn't make it. I can't forget those days in hospital; it was so heartbreaking seeing infants in such a conditions. I decided to donate my milk that was meant for my Riyan, so that it could still be used to bless the life of little babies who need it. I found out about the Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas; they made the donation process so easy and was able to donate milk. MMBNT is doing amazing work.
I made a TON and have since I gave birth to my first child over 12 years ago. Of course, back then I was not aware of milk banks so all that milk was wasted. Last year, when I had our fourth, I knew where to take my extra milk! MMBNT was a phone call away and after I figured out that my daughter was dairy intolerant, I knew I could help even more. Total we shared over 1,000 ounces of liquid gold to little babies! I am praying that if there are more babies in my future I will be able to donate then too!
I didn't know that people donated milk when I had my first. I was running out of freezer space with baby #2 and looked into it. The first thing I found was a for-profit bank and after doing research realized I wanted it to go to a nonprofit. I live in Georgia and MMBNT was the closest with a 100oz instead of a 200oz minimum. I was also happy to see the hospital I delivered at here was on the list. I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to help babies in need.
As a NICU nurse, I see the amazing benefits breast milk has on our preemies. I felt the need to donate my extra milk to continue to provide for these infants.
I had a tough time with my first child but we were determined and nursed until 17 months. Giving away that final batch of milk was like therapy for me. Now with my second child, there are no roadblocks but it's the same mentality of 'I can do it for my baby and maybe even give away a little,’ that keeps me going.
My son and I never got the whole mouth-to-boob thing down, so I became an exclusive pumper at 2 weeks postpartum. I had a really good supply, and eventually I had a freezer full of milk. I looked into donation, as I was running out of room!
A friend of mine at work was donating and I was about to have a baby, so I thought, “why not donate?” I had heard how important breast milk was for NICU babies and I have had several friends who delivered preemies. It was hard to see them so tiny and small and fighting for life. I was amazed at how much the milk they received through donations helped them grow stronger quicker. I know for me I didn't want to give my babies formula and felt that if some other mommy felt the same way then I could be a part of that for them. I also have a sweet friend who had trouble producing enough for her babies when I had more than enough to share and save. My heart hurt for her through the struggles she faced. I saw what it could be like for many others to struggle when I have been blessed. That was when it was clear to me not to be stingy with something that came free to me. For my friend, Liz, who struggled tremendously and for Anita and her little boy, Nate, now a big boy. Also, for Lorelai (Carla) a friend’s sweet baby girl whose story touched my heart.
My husband and I believe in breastfeeding and the enormous benefits it has. So when the lactation consultant in my local hospital suggested helping babies in need through donating expressed milk, I had to help. My experience with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has been nothing short of delightful. The staff is friendly and helpful and I have made connections with them that will go far beyond my time of donating.
I decided to donate after my youngest son was born with Laryngomalacia. He was hospitalized at Cook Children’s Medical Center numerous times. Riley was only able to eat about 3oz at each feeding, so I had a surplus of breastmilk. My freezer and deep freezer filled up quickly. After the first time he was hospitalized, I knew that I would continue to donate through the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas. It means a lot to me that I was able to donate so much and help so many babies.
My newborn had emergency lung surgery at Children's, so I was pumping around the clock the maintain supply even though he wasn't able to eat for a while (they eventually gave him small amounts of my milk through his feeding tube). Anyway, I pumped constantly and by the time we were discharged from the hospital, 2 weeks later, I had 90 ounces of breast milk. I just knew that would all go to waste at home and may even go bad on my drive home, so I began researching milk banks and came across MMBNT. Children's also recommended this as their preferred source of breastmilk, so I contacted Simone. I was leaving town to take my (healthy!) baby home, but MMBNT made it so easy for me. We found the nearest lab for me to stop by on my way out of town to do blood work and she mailed me the paperwork to fill out. Then a courier came to the hospital to pick up the milk. I was so glad it could go to sweet little preemies instead of going to waste in my freezer or thawing in the ice chest on the way home!