Some Mummies and Daddies do not get to experience that, right away. Sadly, not all babies are born into this world healthy and ready to be loved on. Some babies do not make it to 9 months gestation. Others who do, are still sick. For these sweet little ones, their first home is not in the arms of their parents... but in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.) For these babies, their stomachs can be so very sensitive and not fully developed. For these babies (in most cases) the best nutrition for them is breastmilk. But, not all of these babies are able to get breastmilk. For what ever reason, what could be the most beneficial food option, is not always available.
I want to introduce you to Helping Hands Milk Bank. This milk bank (operated by Prolacta Bioscience) is a unique integration of two very compelling goals: to collect excess breast milk from qualified donors for premature infants, and simultaneously give back to the community in a significant and meaningful way by financially supporting selected charities based on the amount of donated milk received.
Prolacta is a for-profit company, but they never charge a parent for breast milk. Prolacta's unique fortifier products, available only in the NICU, are treated in the same manner as most products used to provide patient care in the hospital. In most cases medical insurance covers the cost of the products. In other cases hospitals absorb the cost. Prolacta's goal is to support research that can make a difference in the lives of infants through innovative products.
Helping Hands is a virtual milk bank that collects excess breast milk from mothers who have it to spare. All of the milk donated to Helping Hands is processed into a human milk based fortifier for tiny premature babies in NICUs across the country. The fortifier helps reduce the likelihood that these babies will develop dangerous diseases like NEC.
The process is simple. Helping Hands allows busy mothers to register online in about 15 minutes. Helping Hands supplies storage containers and covers all shipping costs & supplies, so there is no cost to the donor. Anyone from across the US can contribute without leaving home. Visit the Helping Hands Milk Bank Web site if you're interested in learning more about breast milk donation.
In order to help spread the word Helping Hands Milk Bank is offering a special giveaway to Mummie's Nummies readers.
This giveaway includes :
An insulated cooler lunch bag, Bamboobies Nursing Pads, Honey Suckle Breast Milk Storage Bags, hand sanitizer, SPF 30 Lipbalm, a Breast Health Basics Sheet AND a $25 Amazon gift card (gift card not pictured.)
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