FORT WORTH—One group is making sure that North Texas has got milk.
“We take donated breast milk from moms who are breastfeeding their own infants and have extra milk, then it’s tested and processed, and is used most commonly in neonatal intensive care units for tiny, pre-term infants,” Executive Director at the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas Amy Vickers said.
That’s right. Each year, 1 in every 8 babies is born prematurely, and many of those mothers are unable to produce milk. Enter the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.
“About 80 % of the milk that is dispensed, is dispensed for the tiniest preterm infants,” she explained. “They’re just much more likely to survive, and to survive without complications if they’re on a human milk diet.”
“Postpartum is hard,” Harshe said. “This makes my heart so happy. It’s one thing to support each other on social media and online, which is needed and it’s great you can reach more people, but to support moms and parents and babies in your community is so amazing. It’s not only needed, it uplifts these moms.”
Dozens of men, women, and babies attended the MMBNT’s 11TH anniversary luncheon called Motherhood and Milk Banking—Not All Superheroes Wear Capes.
“It celebrates our superhero donor moms who make it all possible,” Vickers mentioned.
Superheroes like Britt Bachmann.
“It is the best feeling I’ve ever had. I truly view donating my breast milk as one of the most important things I will ever do with my life,” Bachmann said. “When I drop off the milk at the milk bank, I always say a little prayer for the little babies and moms that it’s helpful for them. It comes from a lot of love.”
A labor of love. :)