Bereavement

We are sorry for your loss.

The loss of a child is a tremendous hardship that we wish no family ever had to experience. Though words cannot dampen the grief, we offer our sincerest condolences to you during this difficult time. When a mother experiences the loss of her child, she is faced with many decisions. Oftentimes, healthcare providers and support staff have an uneasy time discussing loss with a family, and lactation options may be missed.

Our bereavement brochure provides information about lactation options including: how to discontinue lactation, how to continue expressing, and how a mother can donate her breastmilk if she chooses to do so. To download a PDF of this brochure click the link below. To request a printed version of either brochure, email info@texasmilkbank.org.

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CARMEN'S TREE

Donating milk in your baby’s honor is a selfless, lifesaving act of love. Oftentimes, bereaved donors find that donating their extra milk to help save the lives of other babies provides a small comfort through the grieving process. Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas (MMBNT) guides each donor through a short screening process that is free of charge to any mother wishing to donate.

When a mother chooses to donate her milk in her baby’s memory, MMBNT also honors her baby through Carmen’s Tree. Located in the lobby at MMBNT’s office, Carmen’s Tree is a memorial to all of the babies whose mothers chose to donate milk after their loss. Each leaf of the tree includes the name and date of birth of a baby who is gone too soon. Carmen’s Tree is a continual reminder of the mission of MMBNT: to improve the health and survival of critically ill infants through the safe provision of pasteurized donor human milk.

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DONOR STORIES

Stacy M.

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."