“My husband and I have four children, James, 8, Micah, 6, Reina, 2, and Maleah, 5 months. We own a private security business in Southern California. Everyone in my family is a baseball fanatic, and we love creating lasting memories and new experiences through traveling. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, arts and crafts, sports activities, and spending time in nature and the water.
James was a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) baby. During his hospital stay, I learned about some of the critical health complications experienced by some NICU babies and the lifesaving impact breast milk can have. Once I established a surplus in my milk supply, I knew I wanted to become a milk donor. I researched donation and learned about the Tiny Treasures Milk Bank through an exclusive pumping support group on Facebook. If I could make a difference for even just one premature little one through donation, it would be worth it.
I am now on my third donation journey with Tiny Treasures, which is so rewarding. Over the last 6 years, I have sent 127 donation coolers, all of which passed testing! I am very proud of this and love knowing that my breast milk has saved or improved the quality of life for NICU and premature babies.
My biggest donation-related challenge is staying on a consistent pumping schedule while balancing everyday tasks and my family’s busy schedule. My solution to this obstacle is using an accessible hands-free, cordless pump for those busy times when I’m unable to sit down and pump.
My advice to new donors: Maintain a schedule. Have a routine in place for pumping, cleaning/sanitizing, and freezing/packing milk. Relax, enjoy the journey and stay present because it doesn’t last forever.”
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