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Kelly – From recipient to donor

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I have always wanted to be a mom and I have always known it was my purpose in life. So after I married my husband in May 2022 we knew we wanted to start a family right away! After struggling to get pregnant and immediately before we were about to start our first round of fertility treatments a true miracle happened and I fell pregnant naturally. We were so over the moon happy, but unfortunately, it came with more complications. My pregnancy was filled with what seemed like issue after issue. Once I got to about halfway through it seemed as though mostly everything had resolved and I thought it was going to be smooth sailing from that point on. When I was 27 weeks pregnant I started experiencing what felt like period cramps and very regular intervals and happened to be about an hour and a half away from home. Under the instruction of my OB, I went to the nearest hospital to get checked out, Much to my horror I was in preterm labor. I gave birth to my lovely beautiful girl 4 days later at 27 weeks and 3 days.

It is absolutely vitally important for premature babies to have breastmilk because they’re underdeveloped and have hardly any immune system. The NICU team at the hospital quickly encouraged and educated me on the importance of using donor milk until my milk came in. I had already been on the same page and knew I wanted my daughter to have only breastmilk so I happily agreed to donor milk, unaware this was even an option! I was blessed in that it only took about 3 days for my milk to come in and even more blessed to have a large supply. Once our home freezer started overflowing I knew I wanted to give back the sweet gift that was given to us and I decided to donate my extra milk. We will always be so appreciative of donor milk that was so important to my NICU baby in her first few days of life!

– Milk Donor

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