I never really knew about milk donation until my little guy (Tobias) was born. When he was born, he was very sick and was rushed into the NICU. Knowing he needed anything to help him get better, I started pumping immediately. Once I started pumping and my supply grew, the nurses and lactation consultants in the NICU told me about The New York Milk Bank. I knew after our NICU experience that I wanted to help out other new and sick babies anyway I could, and with an oversupply, milk donation would be a wonderful way.
Pumping anywhere from 2 to 7 times a day, our kitchen and deep freezers were turned into milk storage (we didn’t have frozen food in the house for well over a year!). In the course of over a year, Tobias and I donated about 7500 oz. to The New York Milk Bank, with our drop-off being Sister’s Hospital (where he was born and stayed in the NICU for 2 weeks). Without the support of the lactation staff there, I would have never made it as far as I did. We just finished our breastfeeding journey at 28 months, and one of the things I’m the most proud of is how many families we were able to help along the way.