On May 31st, 2019, we welcomed Denver, who joined his big brother, Hudson, to complete our family. He was immediately and notably jaundiced, so I began collecting milk in a Haaka from day 1 to help top him off. Ounce by ounce, I collected leaking milk every single day while I nursed Denver. Before I knew it, my little stash grew to hundreds upon hundreds of ounces. I planned to save my stash to go back to work full time in March, but when COVID hit, my silver lining was to be blessed with more time with my baby. But what to do with my stash?
I knew I wanted to help other moms give their babies the gift of breast milk. I previously heard of NY Milk Bank when a friend of mine was raising money to support the cause, so that was my first stop. While getting tested during the peak of COVID wasn’t easy, the NY Milk Bank tried to make it as easy as possible and my doctor kept me safe. Before I knew it, Denver turned one and helped me pack up nearly 1K ounces to donate! It was somehow bittersweet, but I’m so glad that I was able to donate!