• Jennifer Donates To Helping Hands Milk Bank

      Jennifer is a proud donor to the Helping Hands Milk Bank.

      Hi mommies! I am proud to share with you that I have donated 300+ oz over the past 3 months to Helping Hands Milk Bank! If you have extra milk in the freezer that your babies don't need, they can really make a huge difference in premature babies' lives as your breast milk will be used to formulate concentrated milk for babies in the ICU in hospitals!

      Leticia from the milk bank was very friendly to work with too! Yes it will take some time to file your application, get your blood test, etc. BUT you will help save some babies' lives! Please consider donating your milk to their milk bank.

      Jennifer and Baby Oliver

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    • Becky

      I received my breast pump reimbursement from the Helping Hands Milk Bank – THANK YOU! It is much appreciated.

      The process has truly been a blessing. I am so glad to be able to help other babies in need!

      Thank you from our entire family!

      Becky, Joe and Baby Vincent

      HelpingHands Donor Becky photo of baby Vincent

    • Kristina

      1. How did you hear about breast milk donation?
      I heard about breast milk donation while I was pregnant with my second child. I saw an ad for it on the internet.

      2. Why did you decide to donate your breast milk?
      I decided to donate my breast milk because I was producing a lot more than what my daughter was consuming. I couldn’t bring myself to dump it down the drain. I remember joking with my mother that it was “liquid gold.” Once my deep freezer started getting full of frozen breast milk, I knew that I had to do something or it would just go to waste. After searching the internet and comparing a few different banks, I decided that I would go with Helping Hands Milk Bank.

      3. Why did you select the milk bank that you did?
      I selected Helping Hands Milk Bank because I liked the idea of helping preemie babies AND helping breast cancer research.

      4. How was your donation experience? What did you like best?
      My experience has been great! It was a very easy process. All the information and instructions that I received were clear to understand. What I like best is the outstanding customer service. Whenever I have a question, all I have to do is email them. They are very prompt and always answer all of my questions.

      5. What would you say to a friend or family member that was interested in donating breast milk?
      I would tell them that it a great experience! Not only do you help preemie babies you also are helping breast cancer research. It is great feeling knowing that I am helping someone’s baby. As a mother, I would do anything to help my children and would be very grateful to anyone who could help them too!

    • Lauren
      I really enjoyed working with Helping Hands Milk Bank. They were so easy to work with and so appreciative of donated breast milk. They were always very prompt in responding to any of my questions or requests, and made it so easy to donate breast milk. It was such a great experience and what a wonderful feeling to help out for such an important cause. Helping Hands is doing amazing work and I encourage every mother to help if they can.

    • JessicaMy daughter’s tongue tie was not diagnosed until she was 2 weeks old. I spent a lot of money on a lactation consultant trying to get my daughter latched but nursing continued to be extremely painful. Thankfully, my body reacted well to a pump. I am so thankful for the support and encouragement I received to continue pumping for my daughter, that when I realized I had a freezer full of milk and a baby about to turn 1, it was time to give back. Exclusively pumping was very hard but knowing my baby was getting the best was payment enough. Being able to help other babies is just icing on the cake! Donating my milk allows me to still supply for my daughter while also getting excess milk out of my freezer! The donation process really could NOT be easier. Everything can be done from your home (including the qualification process). They even send you freezer bags! The only downside is getting the donation box out on the porch. Milk is heavy!Thank you so much, HHMB for giving me the opportunity to help.
    • ColetteI first found out about milk donation through a friend who had just finished nursing. She heard I had an abundance and thought I may be interesed in donating! After reading about five minutes of the website, I knew I had to donate. Going through the donation process was INCREDIBLY easy. Anytime I was contacted there was never a rush or pressure placed on me, and there was very little I had to do on my end. I was really nervous I would not be able to donate my Previously Collected Milk (PCM) but upon further talks, I found out I could. This was truly one of the easiest things I have ever been able to donate to, and I have to believe it will make the biggest impact!
    • KatrinaOn January 02, 2012 I was blessed with a perfectly healthy and happy baby girl who came after an easy pregnancy, easy delivery and right on her due date, followed by a plentiful supply of breast milk. When I went back to work, I quickly learned that my daughter had a big problem with bottles- she hated them, all of them and reverse cycled until I introduced baby cereal. Apparently spoon feeding was fine, but a bottle was simply unacceptable! In the meantime, I built up a huge stock of breast milk in my freezer because I continued pumping. We ended up figuring out that my daughter had a dairy sensitivity, so all the breast milk I had in my freezer I couldn’t give her because I hadn’t changed my diet yet (luckily I was still pumping for while I was gone). I didn’t want to trash all of that milk- and when I researched and realized how much human milk could make a difference for families that were not as fortunate as ours to have a perfectly healthy and full term (to the day) baby, I knew what to do with it. It has been so rewarding knowing that I have probably played a role in saving at least 1 baby’s life, and giving another family a chance to enjoy watching their precious child grow. I will continue to donate until I wean my daughter, and if I have another child I plan on donating again.

  • Jaclyn
    1. How did you hear about breast milk donation?
    I first heard about breast milk donation on the internet. I get daily updates from whattoexpect.com and saw an article and ad about milk donation. I then went to the website and read about it and knew instantly that I had to do this.

2. Why did you decide to donate your breast milk?
I decided to donate my breast milk because I was producing so much more then what my baby was consuming and I couldn’t bare the thought of dumping it down the drain. I just knew I had to hold on to it. I kept thinking “somebody is going to need this”. I am so glad I found Helping Hands Milk Bank.

3. Why did you select the milk bank that you did?
I selected Helping Hands Milk Bank because I saw the ad and visited the website. The website was very informational and it seemed like it was going to be an easy process.

4. How was your donation experience? What did you like best?
My experience has been wonderful from the first interview questions to sending off my last batch. Everything was very detailed and very organized and I always knew what I was supposed to do. I also received and sent many emails with information regarding my excess milk. I appreciated how efficient the responses were. The best part was finding out the total amount donated and knowing that it was going to help either a baby somewhere or provide breast cancer research. After donating almost a 1000 oz, I feel very blessed to have found Helping Hands Milk Bank. If possible, I hope to donate more in the future.

5. What would you say to a friend or family member that was interested in donating breast milk?
I have been telling everyone about my experience and how wonderful and easy it has been. I have also encouraged some friends to think about donating their excess breast milk too. I hope if there are other women that have lots of excess milk that they would consider donating it to Helping Hands Milk Bank. The greatest thing is that I may actually save a life, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that. Thank you so much to Helping Hands Milk Bank for doing what you do and for allowing me to be a part of this great experience!!

  • Annie
    1. How did you hear about breast milk donation?
    I heard about it a long time ago from a friend and once I had my daughter, started looking for places to donate.

2. Why did you decide to donate your breast milk?
I was producing a lot more than my daughter was drinking, so I thought it would be nice to help preemies receive some of the benefits of breastmilk.

3. Why did you select the milk bank that you did?
I found HHMB using a Google search and it seemed like the process of donating with them would be fairly simple. They really made it seem like they would take care of all the logistics of donating.

4. How was your donation experience? What did you like best?
It was Excellent donating with HHMB. It was great that they also partnered with Susan G. Komen. Robin and Maura were especially awesome throughout the process. They both seemed to really care about the babies as well as the women that donate. HHMB made donating super easy. They supplied the milk bags, shipped the coolers, and had them picked up at my house. There really was not anything that needed to be done except pump, everything else was taken care of. It’s really convenient for working mothers to donate through HHMB.
I think the best part about donating through HHMB is that you know that you are doing something important to help fragile preemies. Also that the people you give this precious donation to understand how precious the milk really is and how much effort it can take to pump extra milk. They really appreciate the gift that is being given and make it as easy as possible for donating mothers.

5. What would you say to a friend or family member that was interested in donating breast milk?
I would stress that from the beginning, if there is any doubt that you may or may not use pumped milk in the future, freeze it an label it immediately. It takes a lot of commitment to nurse a child as well as to donate excess milk, but it is worth the benefits that the children receive. I would highly recommend donating through HHMB. They really make donating a great experience!

  • Deena
    1. How did you hear about breast milk donation?
    I had friends who had donated to another bank in Oregon. I had also read about milk donation online during my pregnancy.

    2. Why did you decide to donate your breast milk?
    I was fortunate to have more than enough to feed my daughter and I couldn’t bear the thought of discarding it when I knew how much it could help other babies and their mothers. I’ve also witnessed how much mothers of babies in NICUs appreciate the milk. It makes me feel so wonderful to help in this way.
    3. Why did you select the milk bank that you did?
    I researched a few banks online and spoke to the employees at HH Milk Bank on the phone and through email. Helping Hands had a wonderful “feel” to it. They were also very thorough in their screening process which is important to me as I know the milk was handled and delivered with care and professionalism. The staff members at Helping Hands were also very prompt in getting back to me when I had questions. Overall, they made donating very easy and rewarding.

    4. How was your donation experience? What did you like best?
    I absolutely loved donating my excess milk. Like I mentioned before, the experience made me so happy to know I was doing a good thing. I found pumping, storing, cataloging and freezing my milk to be very easy, albeit a time-consuming process (especially in the middle of the night!). HH Milk Bank made sending the frozen milk also very easy. I think what I like best is knowing I’ll be able to share this experience with my daughter some day and hopefully she’ll be proud knowing it was because of her, this was all possible. She is really the one to thank in my opinion. If she had not been so easy to breast feed, I might have had less production.

    5. What would you say to a friend or family member that was interested in donating breast milk?
    I would strongly encourage them to do so because it is so important to other moms and their little babies in NICUs. I would ask them to put themselves in the position of delivering a premature baby and ask them to think about how grateful they would be to receive this precious gift.

  • Michelle
    I first learned about donating breast milk from a friend who read about it online. After the birth of my first child, I planned to go back to work so I pumped a lot prior to returning, in order to ensure a plentiful supply for my baby while I was away. I then ended up quitting my job after two months, so that I could stay home with my child.

Once I was home full-time, I no longer needed the large surplus of frozen milk. Since I had so much breast milk stocked, I ended up running out of room in our freezer for the rest of the family’s food, so I decided to donate my extra milk online. My baby was thriving without the frozen milk and donating to infants in need was a great opportunity instead of disposing of it.

While my first child was breastfeeding, I was donating to a local milk bank. After the birth of my second child, the bank I had previously worked with was unable to accept donations at that time. I did a Google search, and found Helping Hands Milk Bank. After reading about their agreement to donate money to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and how the milk collected is made into therapies for premature infants in need, the choice to apply as a donor at Helping Hands Milk Bank was easy. The milk bank was also able to process my application quickly, making me a qualified donor within only a few weeks.

The partnership between Helping Hands Milk Bank and Susan G. Komen has a personal connection to me: my mother is a breast cancer survivor. She is in remission and has been cancer-free for 5 years – thank GOD! But I believe that the money and funding towards foundations like Susan G. Komen, which focus on early detection, is what saved her life. My mother’s cancer was caught early – she was in stage 2. Within two months of the mammogram and biopsy revealing the cancer, the doctors removed the lump, and administered chemotherapy and radiation.

Donating money and participating in fundraising walks for breast cancer awareness and research are a passion of mine, so being able to contribute more money to Susan G. Komen through my milk donations is a complete bonus.

Since my donation experience, I have shared donation information with friends and family. I also posted information on my Facebook page with the hope of spreading the word about breast milk donation. I hope that others who have a surplus of breast milk would want to donate in order to support a good cause such as Susan G. Komen.

I have been completely blessed with an abundance of breast milk supply, and I know this is not the case for all women. I love knowing that my gift to produce breast milk not only benefitted my two children, but premature babies are now thriving because of it! It is empowering to know that for every ounce of milk I donated, one dollar went to the Susan G. Komen foundation to support breast cancer patients like my mother.

I love that I have been a part of this effort, and it so special for me to know that both my boys contributed to helping little premature babies, as well as breast cancer patients like their grandma. My boys definitely made my milk supply abundant – it is because of them that I had extra milk to donate. Being a part of the HHMB program was a unique opportunity and I am thankful to have found them! We will cherish our involvement with the milk bank and keep them in our memories!

  • Chance and Sienna
    In January of 2009, at a little over 27 weeks of gestation, Chance and Sienna had surprising New Year’s plans. With three months left before their due date, they decided to make their grand entrance into the world while mom and dad were vacationing just outside of Sarasota, FL. Chance made his entry weighing two pounds, three ounces, and Sienna arrived weighing one pound, 15 ounces.Although they arrived so early, the twins still had a good first week in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Sienna was weaned from a ventilator a few hours after birth, and Chance was extubated on day five. Approximately seven days after their birth, however, Chance began having gastrointestinal problems that required surgical intervention and had to be moved to a NICU in St. Petersburg, FL. Almost two weeks later, Sienna also began exhibiting similar issues and joined her brother in the NICU in St. Petersburg for further evaluation but thankfully didn’t require surgery.

While Chance and Sienna experienced excellent care by all the NICU caregivers who helped them, they also had someone very special in their life who was their most fierce advocate – their mother. Mom was a pediatric occupational therapist, and a certified lactation counselor who worked in a Level III NICU at another hospital. She had no doubt as to what was best for her twins, especially when it came to their diet.

“I knew how important it was to keep my babies on an exclusive human milk diet. When it was recommended that a human milk fortifier be added to my breast milk because of their nutritional needs, I was well aware that the standard of care in most NICUs was a powdered cow milk-based fortifier. The twins were already experiencing feeding intolerance and I was not willing to take the risk of adding a non-human product to their diet. Fortunately I was aware of Prolacta Bioscience and the fact that they were the only company that provided a fortifier made exclusively from human milk.”

The NICU in which the twins were staying had not used Prolacta’s human milk-based human milk fortifier, H2MF™ in the past, yet they agreed to use it for the first time with Chance and Sienna. The twins thrived. Over the next few months, the twin’s condition improved, and they continued to grow and gain weight.

Nearly four months after making their early New Year’s entrance, Chance and Sienna had grown healthy and strong enough to ride home in their new minivan across the state to Hollywood, FL with mom and dad. Chance weighed seven pounds, nine and a half ounces, and Sienna weighed six pounds, ten and a half ounces.

“We will forever be grateful to the NICUs, doctors, nurses, and staff who fought along with us to save our babies. We will also always be grateful to the breast milk donors who made it possible for a human milk fortifier to be made using exclusively human breast milk.”

  • Viktoria
    My name is Viktoria, and I live in Queens, New York. My twin boys were born July, 2010, at 39 weeks weighing 6.6lbs and 7.2lbs. I always knew that breast milk was best for babies. The hospital where I had my C-Section was also very supportive of breastfeeding, and they provided all the help and tools for which a nursing mom could ever ask.

This is actually one of the reasons I chose that hospital. I started to save my extra milk right away, as my goal was to feed my twins with breast milk at least for 6 months. Very soon I had to purchase a deep cooler to store the extra milk, and that is when I started to research what I could do for other babies and other charitable organizations.

I didn’t have to research for too long when I found the Helping Hands Milk Bank website. Everything looked very promising, so I gave it a try! With their help and informational emails I became a donor in no time, even with the required blood and DNA test. When I was ready to make my first donation, I contacted HHMB and soon received my cooler and shipping instructions. They were so easy to follow. I have been able to make two donations already, and am getting ready to make my third one. It’s a great feeling to know that I was able to help some babies at the hospital and that a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure was made for every qualified ounce of my breast milk ($1 / 1 oz). I would definitely encourage everyone who is able to help to do so!!

  • Michelle
    I had my second daughter in May of 2011 and have been breastfeeding her. I had been producing a lot more than she was consuming. I was trying to find out how to donate my extra breast milk and was going to search online on how to go about doing it when I just happened to get an email from a baby website I had signed up for. It was about Prolacta and Helping Hands Milk Bank.

I breastfed my first daughter until she was a year old and planned to do so with my second child, and it always made me feel so good to know that I was giving them the very best thing I could. I was very lucky that both of my girls were born full term and healthy so being able to help premature babies and other babies in the NICU felt like the right thing to do. This is such a wonderful thing that Prolacta and Helping Hands does for these babies. The entire process was very easy and did not require a lot of my time. I work full-time so I pump twice a day when I’m at work so it didn’t require me to do anything extra. I would absolutely recommend this to any woman that is breastfeeding and has some extra milk to spare.

  • Beth
    I found out about this wonderful program online. I was seeking a way to help other babies with the gift of breast milk. After an emergency c-section & my son being admitted into the NICU for monitoring, the wonderful nurses at our hospital taught me how to breastfeed & also taught me how important breast milk was for the growth & well-being of my baby.

As a new mother, I had already decided that I wanted to breastfeed but I took what they told me to heart. Even though my son was only in the NICU to simply be monitored after the c-section, there were many other babies in the NICU that HAD to be in there for much more serious things. Some of the mothers didn’t produce enough milk for their babies & some refused to pump or breastfeed. I knew when I left the hospital that I wanted to share my gift of bringing my baby home from the NICU to others. I wanted to share my gift of breast milk with the babies in the NICU. Helping Hands Bank enables me to do just that. There is no greater feeling in the world to watch my baby grow & flourish by my milk & to also know that I’ve enabled other babies to grow & flourish as well. I encourage any mother to donate their excess breast milk. It’s truly for a good cause!! The staff at Helping Hands is wonderful to work with & they make you feel like your contribution matters instead of just taking your donation. They also graciously donate $1 for every ounce received to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This is by far one of the greatest things I’ve done to help others. My heart smiles to know I’ve helped babies in need.

  • Heather
    After giving birth to my third child and also my third preemie I began pumping so she could start eating as soon as possible, I stored my milk and my freezer quickly filled up due to her tiny size and small feedings.

Before I was producing milk the hospital asked us if we wanted to start feeding our baby human milk to help her thrive. We were so excited this was a possibility, fortunately we didn’t have to use it, but I wanted to help other mothers and babies in need so I did research and found Helping Hands. It was so easy to get started. I have been able to donate a lot of milk and I will continue to do so.

  • Michelle
    Jonathan Maxwell Thompson was born July 9, 2011, 8 weeks and 1 day earlier than expected! I still pretty much have no idea what caused me to go into pre-term labor. During his 5wk 2day stay in the NICU, I was pumping around the clock.This was both very stressful and rewarding at the same time….during a time of utter shock, a whirlwind of strong emotions, and wanting so badly for everything just to be “right” and “ok”, this was one thing I could do to help my precious baby and, in doing so, I was gaining just a little bit of a sense of control and peace, in knowing this was one factor at least, not out of my control!

    When Jonathan finally arrived home with us, I wanted all the time I could have with him, I had become so jealous for him during his hospital stay, that through many days of pain and tears, I began exclusively breast-feeding him. It was a big adjustment, because he had never fully learned in the NICU. Now he is just shy of 9mths old, and the biggest blessing of his daddy and mommy’s life.

    If I can do anything to help other precious tiny babies in the NICU, I am more than happy to do it! I am so glad I found the Helping Hands Milk Bank, it helps make the story of my son’s beginning a happier one! The milk I was blessed with during his stay was so abundant, that the Lord has allowed me donate to others going through similar and more desperate situations, and that brings both healing and great comfort to this mommy’s heart!

  • Hannah
    I am an average, working mother living in rural southeast Georgia. In June 2012, I made a decision that was anything but average. I decided to donate my frozen breast milk to Helping Hands Milk Bank and premature babies in America. For me, the decision was a no-brainer; breast milk saves lives. I swear by the natural goodness that breast milk provides for my child and other children just like her. Every child should have the opportunity to thrive thanks to such wonderful, perfect, and healing nutrition. Living in a town where most moms do not breast feed, I had few resources and friends to support me on my journey of breast feeding. The same was true when it came to donation. None of my friends had heard of milk banks, and they simply threw away their old breast milk. Thankfully, I stumbled upon Helping Hands Milk Bank and was able to touch a few lives with the liquid gold I could never have thrown in the trash can. They made the process so simple. All I had to do was fill out a few forms. They even sent someone to my house for the blood draw! Another reason this milk donation has been such a powerful decision for me is that my 90 year old, 65 pound grandmother is a two-time cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with breast and colon cancer and beat both! Because Helping Hands donates to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, I felt as though this was also benefiting women like my grandmother. It is such a phenomenal feeling to think that I helped save lives!

  • Andrea
    After returning to work following the birth of my son, I started pumping daily to provide him with breast milk at his daycare. I was fortunate to be able to give him all the milk he needed and then some! Donating to Helping Hands was a great way to help other babies get the best start in life. The process was easy, and all the people I interacted with at Helping Hands could not have been nicer. Overall, it has been a great experience!

  • Rosalyn
    I first heard about donating milk with my first child, but by the time I found a website with sufficient info I was already running low on milk for him (we only had the small freezer above the fridge so not much storage space). So when I was pregnant with baby #2 I invested in a small chest freezer with the intent of not running out of milk for baby #2, well, I very quickly filled up the small chest freezer and decided to look into donating milk. I found the Helping Hands website and decided to give them a try. Everything could be done from home but I opted to drive to the lab to have my blood drawn.
    It was all very easy and convenient. From April 20th to July 11th I have so far donated 600+ ounces. I will not be donating that much every few months, most of that was my initial stash. I’ve evened out now and have enough to last my son about 2 weeks should anything happen to me, but I also still pump a few bags a week to donate. I hop e to continue to donate about 10-20 bags per month because if I’m ever in the NICU with a baby of mine I would hope to be able to have access to this precious commodity!!!

  • Leah
    Hi, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to donate my milk to Helping Hands Milk Bank. I recently had my fourth child and have had an abundance of extra milk. With my other children, I never considered the possibility of donating my leftover milk, so unfortunately it was thrown out. I was led in this direction for a reason and I am so overwhelmed with joy that my baby’s milk is helping other babies who need it. It is a very good feeling to know the good the extra milk I have is doing! First and foremost, thanks be to our good Lord for this opportunity and second thanks be to Helping Hands for making this possible!

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