Badass all-women motorcycle gang that delivers breastmilk for the NY Milk Bank
November 30, 2016
Summer, Jim, and I ask you to please donate in order to help the New York Milk Bank save more and more premie lives! Our goal is to reach $1,000.
Although Summer was not a premie, she benefited from milk bank milk. Julie Bouchet-Horowitz, the executive director of the New York Milk Bank, was and is our lactation consultant. She has been invaluable in helping Summer and I form a happy, healthy, breastfeeding realtionship, which helps Summer to be happy and healthy!
Just 10 months ago (when Summer was in the NICU), she and all of the other babies in the NICU were not allowed to have milk bank milk per hospital policy, and were given formula instead.
Julie has been on the front lines of changing this policy (and it has changed!) because premie babies are at particular risk of developing the serious intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which may be fatal. Feeding premature babies exclusively with human breast milk dramatically reduces this risk!
The tides are shifting and your funds will go directly to this amazing nonprofit, The New York Milk Bank, to help them have the facilities and equipment to continue to grow and help babies be as happy and healthy as possible!
More info below:
The New York Milk Bank Inc wrote -
We are the doctors and lactation specialists and managers of The New York Milk Bank, a new nonprofit that we launched this year in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY because pasteurized donor milk saves the lives of premature infants.
Our mission is to collect donor milk, process it safely, and get it to every infant whose own mom isn't able to breastfeed.
We know that our frailest babies who get formula can develop a terrible intestinal disease called NEC - necrotizing enterocolitis. Babies who develop the disease can face a lifetime of difficulties and in New York State alone about 100 babies die from NEC each year.
We're here to prevent that from happening.
We've had an incredible year so far as we push toward our goal: We bought our first pasteurizer and opened The New York Milk Bank just this summer. We bought huge industrial freezers to store raw milk that so many generous women donated. As more milk arrived we bought more freezers and rented a nearby storage room to house them.
We even went to Albany and pushed through passage of The Nickolas Bill that will require Medicaid to pay for donor milk when it goes into law on Jan. 1, 2017. We're so proud of that effort.
We're processing 1100 ounces of milk each week, but we need to greatly increase our capacity to be ready for the upcoming demand when the new bill takes effect. We need a bigger space, even more freezers to hold donor milk, and a second pasteurizer which would increase production threefold. That processor alone costs $40,000!
- Make your generous donation today!
- Share our link on Facebook!
- Join our fundraising team by clicking on the "Join the team" link. Include a great photo, tell us your donor milk story, and you can even make a short video with your phone.
We'll share these stories from our many friends as our campaign unfolds.
We will also create a special permanent plaque in our new home to honor the work of all donors and campaigners who raise $1000 or more.
Thank you for taking us this far and for your continued support and belief in the importance of pasteurized donor milk for all infants in need.