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We here at Wifey With A Knifey want to send our love, gratitude, and appreciation for the efforts and determination of all those involved at the Mother's Milk Bank of Colorado.As a breastfeeding mama, I know first hand how rewarding, frustrating, and tough nursing can be. In the beginning when your milk is coming in, and your baby is so incredibly small it seems like that precious gold doesn't start to flow soon enough. Now 2.5 years down the road I realize how incredibly lucky I have been to have had the opportunity to give my baby with special food allergies the milk and nutrition for her to grow. Not all families are as lucky as mine. Some families are in desperate need of life saving breast milk. Some have milk, but have lost their babies and need a way to feel connected to the lives of others during their loss. Some mamas have an overload of breast milk sitting in a freezer at home that another baby could really benefit from. Some just have no idea what a milk bank is, or that what happens before milk arrives to them to feed their tiny little ones.
Back in December, Wifey and I had the pleasure of visiting and touring the Mother's Milk Bank of Colorado. Located across from St. Luke's hospital in Denver, this once small effort now reflects the hard work and determination of many women. Today the Mother's Milk Bank is a safe haven for hundreds of ounces of precious breast milk, pasteurized, tested, and sorted and ready for babies in need all over. The clinic works long hours to maintain the milk supply donated by mother's from all over Colorado and other satellite milk bank sites around the country.
|The master log where all of the incoming milk from satellite sites is recorded|
|Opening up a fresh shipment from Utah|
|Anyone who said not to cry over spilled milk never pumped an oz of milk EVER|
|Frozen liquid gold!|
|Pasteurization bath, rub-a-dub-dub!|
The milk is then again tested for fat content and separated into high needs, special needs, and 'regular' breast milk. The milk is cooled and then refrigerated, ready for transport.
|Donation fridge with all milk that's ready for shipment. I wish there were more...|
The milk is now ready to be shipped off to babies in need. High fat content milk goes to preemie babies in the NICU. Special needs babies receive some of the special blends of milk, including gluten free, and lowfat/fat free donated milk for babies who can't digest fats. As a new special need arises, a new blend of milk can be concocted to help that baby in need. The Mother's Milk Bank works around the clock to fill the needs for all babies, and to process all of the collected milk.
While the need for human milk is always high, the supply is not. Many don't even know that they can donate, or have never heard of a human milk bank. Please help spread the word, make a donation, or donate yourself. Fundraising for the Mother's Milk Bank helps families afford the milk their babies need. While monetary donations are important, their largest need is actual donors. Please consider signing up to donate or help by making a tax deductible donation to the Mother's Milk Bank of Denver. Also consider donating breast pumps, breast milk containers or milk collection bags (all FSA deductible) to the milk bank. These tools can be sent to potential donors that would normally not be able to donate without the use of a good pump, or storage bags. You can help, no matter your lactation situation ;)
Mothers, children, donors, all involved in such an amazing symbiotic circle. Please consider helping babies in need. Tell them your Wifey's sent you!
|The wonderful ladies of the Mother's Milk Bank of Denver, and your two favorite Wifey's squeezed into the middle <3|
With Milky Love from your Wifey's <3
Proud breastfeeder for 10 months
Proud breastfeeder and donator for 2.5 years