As first time parents, the news that we were expecting came with so many emotions: joy, excitement, gratefulness, and let’s face it, a little bit of fear. We read books, watched videos and signed up for baby classes to ensure that we knew how to provide the safest environment possible for our little one. Needless to say when our sweet daughter, Austin, arrived at 34 weeks and 4 days that little bit of fear became an overwhelming sensation. At a time when we were scared and overcome with exhaustion it was such a relief to know that until I would be able to provide the nutrition that Austin needed myself I could rely on the wonderful mommas out there that donated their extra milk. Knowing that there is a safe option to provide your child with human breastmilk when you cannot do it yourself is a feeling unlike any other. We know in our hearts that consuming donor milk so early on in Austin’s life gave her the jump start she needed to grow and thrive. Austin left the Special Care Nursery before her due date and we are happy to say she is doing extremely well. After our experience in the NICU we knew that if we were able we would love to donate to the Milk Bank and help other families just like ours.
The Youth Clinic is proud to have 2 locations where moms can drop off their donor milk after they have enrolled with the Mothers’ Milk Bank in Denver. Breast milk donor Kristy Bright shares her experience with The Youth Clinic and Mother’s Milk Bank and explains how deeply rewarding the process of receiving and giving donor milk can be.
Nearly nine months after Austin was born we had saved up almost 1700 ounces of milk for donation. We are overjoyed to be able to give back to a cause that is so near and dear to our hearts, and so incredibly appreciative of the Mothers’ Milk Bank for making it possible for babies to receive human breast milk through donation. What they do is simply amazing!
Thank you, Kristy, for sharing your perspective and for donating your breast milk to help others. Experiences like yours remind us that every ounce counts. With thousands of babies needing life-saving milk every week, Mothers’ Milk Bank is always in need of more milk donors. If you have more milk than your baby needs, consider donating to Mothers’ Milk Bank. Your extra milk could help babies in NICUs all over the country. Just one ounce of milk can feed a micro preemie for an entire day.
The Youth Clinic is proud to support breastfeeding on other levels as well. Our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Specialities and Certified Lactation Counselors are on staff to support families in meeting their breastfeeding goals. If you would like more information, please call 970-267-9510.