My interest in donor milk began with:
- The adoption of my second daughter Olivia.
- I had enjoyed nursing my first daughter, Margot, so much that when my husband and I decided to adopt a baby, I induced lactation so that I could breastfeed her.
I did not get a full milk supply and decided to supplement with donor milk. As it turned out Olivia was 9 lbs. at four months of age and was not doing well on formula.
When we returned home from China, I nursed her using donor milk in a Supplemental Nursing Device. She began to thrive.
Today she is healthy young adult and I know that donor milk played a huge part.
Since that time:
- I have been advocating the use of donor milk for all infants with premature babies being a top priority.
With the help of a wonderful group of women, The New York Milk Bank opened its doors this summer and we are astounded at the amount of women donating their excess milk to us.
- We have outgrown our space and need more freezers.
- We need another larger pasteurizer to process milk.
- We anticipate that all hospitals will be using donor milk once Medicaid reimburses for it and commercial insurance companies join them.
Please help us by pledging and joining our campaign to expand our milk bank. Your generous donation will help us move forward to meet the needs of all infants in New York state and beyond.