How were YOU supported by milk banks or donor milk?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by milk banks or donor human milk, or how this support made all the difference for you.
How will the stories be used?
Submissions will become part of a bank of real-life stories documenting the many ways that "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier." Stories will be compiled and displayed at the bottom of this page in real time—you can choose below to remain anonymous, if desired. The stories will call attention to the need for support now, while also creating a resource for future breastfeeding advocacy efforts.
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|15||Wed Apr 03 21:45:54 EDT 2013||Andrea Vacek||Pearland, TX||After 40 hours of labor, my baby was born by emergency c section and had to be rushed to the NICU. I was in recovery and heard that they had to give him a bottle and I was devastated because I was determined More....|
|14||Fri Apr 20 14:49:22 EDT 2012||Rebecca McCloskey||Toms River, NJ||My Milksharing Story: It Takes a Village… (to feed a child, sometimes!)
When my son was born nine weeks early, I was in shock. I planned on laboring and birthing with a doula by my side; More....
|13||Mon May 30 18:41:58 EDT 2011||rebecca hill||l, KY||My story would fit in many of these catagories as it has truly taken a village to breastfeed my sons. They are both adopted and, thanks to my inducing lactation and the donor milk of more than 10 moms More....|
|12||Mon May 30 14:09:12 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Pittsburgh, PA||I felt supported as a milk donor.
I'd had to throw away milk pumped for my first child. After my second child, I was determined to find another option. I didn't want to see the milk that helped More....
|11||Sun May 29 11:23:14 EDT 2011||Meredith Thomas||East Windsor, NJ||Although I was not a recipient of donor milk, I felt very supported as a milk donor. A family needed donor milk and contacted their midwife (on the recommendation of the milk bank) to find a willing More....|
|10||Sat May 28 15:54:01 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Austin, TX||Knowing that breastmilk was best for my son, I read all that I could before he was born and was committed to breastfeeding. The lactation consultant at the hospital was not encouraging nor helpful when More....|
|9||Tue May 24 00:40:08 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Springville, UT||I was very committed to breast feeding when I was pregnant with my first child. I read at least three "how-to" books before she was even born!
It came as an absolute shock to me when I was told that More....
|8||Thu May 19 22:23:35 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Scarborough , ME||Although I wasn't too hot on breastfeeding immediately after my son was born - I mean all this physical stuff happening to my body at once AND someone wanted to suck on me! I found it uncomfortable and More....|
|7||Wed May 18 12:40:46 EDT 2011||Kelly Richardson||Puyallup, WA|
|6||Tue May 17 21:11:38 EDT 2011||Brittany Horner||Cottage Grove, OR||I am a milk donating mother I have helped 2 babys one of which was born 4 weeks premature to a 17 year old mother. I have donated 225 oz to date. I feel so good about being able to help another innocent More....|
|5||Tue May 17 21:09:06 EDT 2011||Brittany Horner||Cottage Grove, OR||I am a milk donating mother I have helped 2 babys one of which was born 4 weeks premature to a 17 year old mother. I have donated 225 oz to date. I feel so good about being able to help another innocent More....|
|4||Tue May 17 13:18:21 EDT 2011||Katy Rank Lev||Pittsburgh, PA||I had terrible supply issues when my son was 3 months old and I returned to work. The stress of it all just affected my milk so much! Despite taking loads of Fenugreek, I still needed to supplement my More....|
|3||Mon May 16 01:15:55 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Portland, OR||In her short life my 6-month old daughter has been nourished by the breast milk of more than 25 women, and counting. Among the milk donors are an Orthodox Jew, a refugee woman, a military wife and a gay More....|
|2||Sun May 15 01:50:33 EDT 2011||Anonymous||EVERETT, WA||I had an unplanned c-section and because of the surgery and because my daughter was born with a giant bruise on her head and couldn't open her mouth very far, breastfeeding was going to be difficult. When More....|
|1||Sat May 14 19:52:02 EDT 2011||Anonymous||San Marcos, CA||During my pregnancy, I did everything I could think of to ensure that I would be successful at breastfeeding. I read books, took a prenatal breastfeeding class, attended peer support meetings, consulted More....|