Did you know that there are milk banks for human milk? I am somewhat of a hippie, but I recognize how our culture is a little squeamish about human milk. It even gags me out a little to look at my own. But, if you think about it, it is kind of gross that we drink the milk of other animals. And what if we got all of our sustenance from Carnation Instant Breakfast or Ensure? That is exactly what we do when we give our babies a diet of pure formula. I am NOT saying that formula doesn’t have its place or that you’re bad if you give your baby formula. But, premature babies and sick babies need special nutrition that only breast milk can provide. Or rather, that is more optimal for sick and premature babies.
That is where the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas comes in. They test and approve breast milk donors, pasteurize the milk, and distribute it to hospitals in which the babies’ mothers can not provide it, or her supply isn’t yet established.
How can you help? You can make a milk donation, if you are a lactating mother of a baby under one year of age. All you have to do is get pre-screened and approved and put a few ounces aside after each pumping. The milk bank makes it super easy, and you can drop off your extra milk at one of several donation drop-offs throughout the Metroplex. Or, you can make a monetary donation. The bank needs money to pay for the processing of the milk, the courier charges, and testing of the donors. You can also contact them and hook them up to your frequent shopper card like Kroger or Tom Thumb and automatically donate a portion of your everyday grocery shopping bill. Easy, peasy! There are also volunteer opportunities.
This is an amazing organization that sole purpose is to provide a chance for the tiniest members of our community. Babies who need every ounce of help, just for survival. I wish I would have known about them when I had Sydney. I heard about milk banks with Easton, but barely could keep my head afloat nursing him, going to school and working full time. I really wish I would have pumped more and stocked up so that I could have had milk for him for a full year, and so that I could have donated the extra. Fortunately, I’ve been able to donate this time. I wish I would have known then what I know now, which is why I am sharing with you today.
Go check them out: http://www.texasmilkbank.org
Tomorrow- Thankful Thursday- The power of your words
My daily prayer: Thank you God for showing me the little things I can do to serve you, and my brothers and sisters. AMEN!
Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for three healthy children with very healthy vocal cords. I am also thankful for ear plugs.
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