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Katherine’ Milk Donor Story: Pumping milk for NICU babies

Pumping milk can be a full-time job! Katherine not only exclusively pumped breast milk for her two babies but also found time to pump extra milk, store it, and share it with us to help NICU babies and their families. At MMBA, we couldn’t be more appreciative of her generosity to all those infants in need.

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Milk Donor Katherine’ Story

I donated breast milk during my breastfeeding journeys for both my kids, but my second child was my first time to be a donor for Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin. For both my kids, breastfeeding meant exclusively pumping. Both times (even more the second time), it was disappointing to not be able to breastfeed directly, but both my kids were healthy, full term infants.

I made the decision to exclusively pump not for my own children, but for the many other babies for whom formula is not an option, and they need donor breast milk to survive and thrive. I have pumped for almost 13 months for my second, and even though there were many times that pumping felt too challenging, I kept going for those babies. I know that it is a gift and a super power to be able to make extra breast milk that can be given to babies in need.

I am thankful I could be a donor for MMBA. They are doing truly life-changing and life-saving work, and I know that the breast milk that I worked hard to make is making a difference in babies’ and parents’ lives because of MMBA.

 

Breast milk saves lives!

If 2,000 women donate breast milk this year, we think we can keep our freezers full for babies in need. Click here to learn more about becoming a milk donor.

 

 

Milk recipient and her mom

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