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McKayla’s Story: Donating after the NICU

“My son was born at 28 weeks and was in the NICU until 40 weeks. During those first 12 weeks of his life, I had to pump every three hours, day and night, to provide milk for him in the hospital and to maintain my milk supply. It was hard work! In addition to pumping, I had a two-year-old and a one-year-old at home and would visit my son in the NICU every day.

Once my son was discharged, the hospital sent me home with any excess milk I provided. I came home with 250 bottles of breast milk! When he was home, he slowly began nursing, and I did not use any of my frozen supply. I was so grateful he could breastfeed (directly from the breast), but I wanted the breast milk to be used somehow.

A few months later, we found out that we were going to be moving out of state, so I started researching if and how I could donate my breast milk. I was thrilled when I found Milk Bank at Austin online. I was able to quickly get approved to donate my breastmilk at a hospital near my home. Kaitlyn was a great help throughout this process and helped answer all my questions. I am thankful that this breast milk will help other babies and mothers. Thank you for this opportunity!”

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