Unable to breastfeed her first two children, Gaby was determined to succeed with her third. This plan became extremely challenging when Moroni was born early at 35 weeks in the emergency room weighing four pounds.
Myles was born prematurely at 25 weeks and weighed only one pound, eleven ounces. He was slightly heavier than a basketball, six medium-sized bananas or six sticks of butter which classified him as a micropreemie. Due to his early arrival, Myles would face many challenges and a long stay in the hospital NICU.
Most people are not aware that babies born too soon or with a medical condition are at high risk for a complex disease called necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC. NEC is a severe intestinal disease that affects vulnerable infants, most often in the early weeks of life.
Ashlea's 20-week ultrasound revealed her baby had a serious heart defect. Sydni was born with double outlet right ventricle (DORV) which has required 3 surgeries so far. Now at age 2, Sydni is receiving donor human milk at night through her G-tube and working on eating solid foods during the day. Her fourth and final corrective surgery will be scheduled soon and then she can look forward to becoming a big sister in the fall to the family's fourth girl.
Moulee is on a mission to help other mothers. She explains, “I am passionate about motherhood and breastfeeding. There is still not enough priority given to helping first-time moms learn everything that goes behind breastfeeding. And for those who are not able to produce milk, my heart breaks for them because it causes guilt they should not have to bear.”
Kristian's first encounter with the power of human milk happened shortly after the birth of her first son, Kase.
Earlier this year, Kimberly reached out to our in-house lactation consultant, Amanda, because she was having difficulty breastfeeding. Every time her baby latched on, it was very painful for Kimberly. In addition, she had concerns about her baby’s weight gain.
Megan and Mac’s baby boy, Matthew, was born earlier than they had anticipated. When he arrived at 33 weeks, Matthew went straight to the NICU at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
We frequently walk alongside grieving parents. Many mothers connect with us after the tragic loss of their babies to donate breastmilk to help others.
September is NICU Awareness Month. We are so grateful for Eliza, who reached out to us to share her NICU story and how donor milk was an integral part of her son’s recovery and an extraordinary way for her to help others.
“Donating means sharing thousands of pieces of me to perfect strangers I will never meet, for their best start…[Donating has] provided me with the ability to make a difference in the fragile lives of premature newborns, and educate myself about all things breastmilk.”
When Frances started breastfeeding after her baby received donor milk in the NICU, she ended up with an excess supply of breastmilk and decided to give back.
The NEC Society is working to fight a deadly disease affecting fragile infants.
Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas is carefully monitoring ongoing developments regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 and how it relates to milk banking.
Carmen is donating breastmilk after tragically losing her baby, Sebastian.
If you’re familiar with Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, you may hear us talk about “HmmmBANA” from time to time. No, we aren’t trying to hum. It’s actually an everyday acronym used by our staff, but what does it mean?