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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Got Extra BREAST MILK?

Are you a "Mega Milker"? Is your freezer so packed with breast milk that there's no room for ice cream? Would you like to help premature babies struggling to survive in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) of hospitals across the United States? Maybe it's time to consider BREAST MILK DONATION!

Everyone's heard of blood donation but many Mamas are not even aware that breast milk donation is possible. By donating their precious breast milk, nursing Mamas have the opportunity to not only clear out their freezers, but they can help premature babies and give hope to families at the same time. Besides.giving feels good and nursing Mamas are the only ones who can give this unique gift.

March of Dimes research shows that one out of eight babies is born prematurely in the United States. Preterm delivery can happen to any woman, maybe it happened to you or someone you know. Very low birth weight babies who are in the NICU often need "human milk fortifier" in addition to breast milk, to increase their intake of certain nutrients. You might think that something called "human milk fortifier" is made of human milk, but that is not necessarily so. Up until recently, a doctor's only option was to provide a "human milk fortifier" made from cow's milk. By donating extra breast milk, Mamas can help to make available a "human milk fortifier" actually made from HUMAN MILK.

Human breast milk is vital to the health and well-being of all babies, but for babies born too early, too small or critically ill, donated human milk has the potential to make the difference between a long hospital stay with many complications, or a quicker recovery and the ability to go home sooner. Donated breast milk can provide critically ill babies with an improved chance for survival.

Becoming a qualified donor takes about 3 weeks and can be completed in 5 easy steps:

1. Initial Screening & Phone Interview

2. On-line Application

3. Medical Confirmation Forms for Mama & Baby

4. Donor Testing (Blood Draw and DNA swab) & Freezer Temperature
Reading

5. Shipping the Milk Donation!

Mamas are able make a one-time donation or choose to be an on-going donor. All testing and shipping fees are provided at no cost to the donor. Milk collection bags are supplied to those who choose to be on-going donors. Mamas living in the continental United States, who have at least 100 ounces of frozen breast milk that is 9 months old or newer, are eligible to apply.

Help premature babies and support The Mommies Network too! From now until June 30, 2011, for every Mama who mentions The Mommies Network, completes the donor application process, and makes at least one breast milk donation through Milkin' Mamas, a $5.00 donation will be made to The Mommies Network.

To find out more about donating extra milk through Milkin' Mamas Breast Milk Donations, please visit www.MilkinMamas.com or call: (562) 421-6969 / email: donate@milkinmamas.com

Milkin' Mamas was founded in 2007 by twin sisters, Alice Toth & Keri Pommerenk. They are regular Mamas with small kids, just like you. Their passion for breast feeding and their own positive experience with breast milk donation, led them to open Milkin' Mamas in partnership with Prolacta Bioscience, the milk processing lab that supplies the 100% Human Milk Fortifier to premature babies in the U.S.

1 comment :

  1. As a Mom who recently had to use donated breastmilk for her NICU baby, please, if you can, DONATE!!

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