My daughter, Seraphina, was 5 weeks early and placed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where she received donor breastmilk for a short time. I started producing a large amount of milk that quickly filled an extra deep freezer and it was no question that I would donate my milk. I work in the NICU and know how important breastmilk is for premature babies. I see the moms who are unable to produce enough milk and how grateful they are for the milk that will help their baby grow. This time, I saw from a mother’s perspective what it’s like to have a baby in the NICU and was so thankful to accept the milk donation for my baby girl. I knew I had to give back. I chose Helping Hands Milk Bank because they work with Prolacta Bioscience to donate to NICUs all over. Not only that, but with my donation is an additional donation to Susan G. Komen to help people fighting breast cancer. Thankfully, I have not had a loved one touched by breast cancer, but as a nurse, I have seen the devastation it can cause.
The most rewarding part of breastfeeding and donating my milk is knowing that I am providing nourishment to not only my baby but many other little ones. Helping Hands Milk Bank helps so many women and babies and I am blessed to be a part of that.