We Are Deeply Sorry for Your Loss
"There is no footprint too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world."
Mama, you are not alone. We have interacted with hundreds of mourning parents who have lost a baby. Our hearts ache. It never gets easier. But we learned organically and early on, that milk donation can heal and leave a lasting legacy after such unimaginable loss.
In addition to facing tremendous grief, you are likely dealing with your body's natural process of lactation after childbirth. Like many bereaved women, you may find that pumping and donating breastmilk can be significantly consoling while validating your identity as a mother. The precious gift of your baby's milk becomes the essential gift of life for other babies struggling to survive.
Our goal is to make the application process as easy as possible during such a difficult time. If you are interested in learning more, see how you can become a donor or call us at 817-810-0071. For additional resources, see the links at the bottom of this page.
Carmen's Tree - Our Wall Memorial
Honoring Little Lives Lost
The memorial tree pictured right is located in our reception room. It is dedicated to little lives lost and mothers who donated breastmilk to help other babies.
The tree was created and named in 2004, after our first bereaved donor's baby, Carmen.
Since then, hundreds of mothers and fathers have found comfort knowing the memorial honors them as parents, their babies' short lives and their invaluable gifts of life-saving donor milk.
In loving memory, each leaf is engraved with a baby's first name and birthdate.
When a bereaved mother becomes a milk donor, we engrave two leaves; one for the tree and one for the family to keep.
Many families are comforted by visiting the milk bank to place their baby's leaf on the tree. We also welcome families to bring a memory page about their baby for our reception room scrapbook.
Links to Helpful Resources
- 10 Things for Bereaved Parents to Know
- View our brochure: Lactation Support After the Loss of Your Baby
- View our brochure in Spanish: Apoyo a la lactancia tras la perdida de su bebe
- Commonly Asked Questions About Lactation After Loss
- Video: Breast Massage and Hand Expression Following Perinatal Loss