National Prematurity Awareness Month
March of Dimes research has shown that one out of eight babies is born prematurely in the United States. Preterm delivery can happen to any pregnant woman.
As many of you know I am an over-zealous breast-feeding advocate who as donated breast milk in the past, enabling companies such as Prolacta Bioscience®, to make one-of-a-kind nutritional therapies specifically targeted for very low birth weight pre-term infants weighing less than 1250 grams in NICUs across the country. I’ve proudly donated 5012 ounces to date and unfortunately had to stop donating once I returned back to school but I applaud everyone who does breastfeed and especially those who can donate. It truly is a labour of love to breast feed and especially to share, but I realize that’s not possible for all mothers, for one reason or another. The fact that today we can do something like share what nature has naturally given to us and is proven “best for baby” just amazes me. If my donation has helped even just one child, that is good enough for me.
To honor all the “liquid gold” donations of past, present, and future breast milk donors, Prolacta has agreed to donate $5.00 for every new donor application received during the month of November to fund prematurity research and education. I’m not sure that I’d qualify as a new donor but if you can be and are willing… this is an incredible great gift. Aside from your time and your milk, many banks provide you with everything including breast milk storage bags, a thermometer for ensuring right temperature, cooler with shipping labels and tags, even sending a nurse to your home complete the easy screening process.
Please join us in making this a memorable November. E-mail, blog, text or call all of your friends who may have extra breast milk and refer them to www.milkbanking.net or www.helpinghandsbank.com to select a milk bank of their choice.
Every donation helps premature and critically ill infants in NICUs across the nation.
If you have any questions about the process, I’m happy to answer to the best of my ability and my own experience. Just leave a comment!