Since I wrote about nursing yesterday, I thought I would continue today with introducing you to Helping Hands Milk Bank. Did you know you can donate breast milk? I had no idea!
Breast milk donors assist premature infants in Neonatal Intensive Care & fund fight against Utah’s rising breast cancer rate. So the breast milk you donate to Helping Hands goes to extremely premature babies who need the extra nutrition in the NICU.
This, of course, should not take away from your own child, but should be excess that you have that you are willing to donate. You can even do it from your own home, all necessary materials and cost of shipping are covered, and you can easily apply online!
I was specifically contacted about this because I’m a mom in Utah, but you can donate from anywhere in the country! If you are from Utah, here are some interesting facts that I had no idea about! Utah women are typically very healthy!
“Utah is often recognized for its healthy population. For example, Utah women have among the lowest rates of death from cancer, particularly colorectal and lung cancer, as well as coronary heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Low percentages of Utah women smoke, have high blood pressure, are obese, or binge drink. This increases the percentage of donor applicants likely to pass Helping Hands’ thorough prequalification process.”
Our body does amazing things and will produce as much milk needed. For most women, the more you pump, the more your body produces. I have a friend who has twin boys that she was pumping for. She produced twice as much as I did because her two babies needed more than my one baby. If you’re interested in donating, definitely sign up with Helping Hands to help with this amazing cause! Breast-feeding mother or not, you can help by spreading the word to find mothers who can donate.