I have a secret to reveal. After I became a Momma, it’s always been my dream to be able to donate breast milk! Yep. It’s true. But sadly, I wasn’t blessed with abundant milk supply and I never experienced expressing more than 4 oz of milk per pumping session (that is done every 2-3 hrs). That’s one of my insecurities before which I will share in another post soon. Anyhoo, because of this dream, I am thrilled to know about the Mommy Milkshare – A Milkdrive For Moms Who Care! This is an initiative by the Parenting Emporium in partnership with HoneySuckle which I really am keen to support!
It’s a well-known fact that breastfeeding is best for babies. The World Health Organization states why it is so on their website, and also emphasizes that breastfeeding benefits the mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.
The reality is, though, that some mothers might not be able to breastfeed their children immediately after birth for legitimate medical reasons. There are also babies whose mothers may have passed away yet still need to be nourished with breast milk.
In cases like these, milk donations or milk sharing are usually the solutions. It should be noted, though, that donor milk should be screened as much as possible, to ensure that it is safe and clean for the babies who will receive it.
If you’re a breastfeeding mom, or a mom who believes in the importance of breastfeeding, you will probably also consider milk sharing or donating one’s breastmilk to be a noble endeavour. Here in the Philippines, human milk banks are actually always in need of breastmilk donations, so it is good to be aware of efforts to collect human milk – like the upcoming “Mommy Milkshare” event organized by The Parenting Emporium and Honeysuckle Philippines (which is actually on its second run; the first run was held in September last year.)
Scheduled for August 13, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium (No. 29, 1st Street, New Manila, QC), breastfeeding mothers are invited to donate their excess breast milk for the benefit of Fabella Human Milk Bank. Donors can choose to bring frozen breastmilk (must be expressed between June to August 2016) or express milk onsite.
In gratitude to the generous milk donors, VPharma’s Mega Malunggay, Mommy Treats, and Honeysuckle – brands that support milk sharing – will be giving discounts on select items. Mommy Milkshare participants will also receive loot bags as a “bonus” for their kindness, which is why they are also asked to register for the event via 0917-8110821.
So, if you are a breastfeeding mom who wants to share her “milky blessings,” head on over to The Parenting Emporium this Saturday! Your efforts and kindness will help many babies who are supported by Fabella Human Milk Bank.
Note: If you want to donate breast milk but can’t come to Mommy Milkshare, you may contact Nurse Katrina of The Parenting Emporium at 7253723 or 7386272, and ask how to donate to the TPE Milksharing Hub.
Spread the word, Mommas!