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Mommy Milkshare – A Milkdrive For The Moms Who Care

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!

Mommy MilkShare Milkdrive

 

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.

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16 Comments

  1. I haven’t really thought of milk sharing. But it looks like a great way for moms to help each other. Not to mention, it allows moms to exchange tips and network among each other. Hope this event becomes successful!

  2. First time I heard of this and the first thought that comes to mind was how would the moms donating milk be screened? Having said that, it is a very good endeavor and yes, as much as many people would react with thoughts of negativity, such as why a mom would donate milk if the same milk could be consumed by own baby. But as far as I am aware, there are special circumstances where a mom could donate milk without guilt for the act itself. I know some moms can produce more milk than babies can consume. And then there are those whose babies are in heaven.

  3. I wish I still have more breastmilk, my milk supply lessened when my toddler started eating solid food. Even though I still breastfeed him, I think my meal is just enough for him now, compared before when I could pump so many milk.

    1. That’s a normal thing to happen naman daw Mommy. Mas nabubusog na kasi sila sa solid food noh? Pero importante na napapa-breastfeed pa rin natin sila para hindi totally mawala ang milk supply. 🙂

  4. This is such a noble cause and i would love to support this event. I have always wanted to donate milk as well esp when i was starting to breastmilk my son. I have adequate supply then. Unfortunately, wasnt able to as my boy would be so matakaw and consume everything i left inside the ref. Ihihi

    1. Maintaining a good amount of milk stash talaga is hard. I experienced panic and worry whenever my mother-in-law would message me na mauubos na ang iniwan kong pumped milk. That’s when I was still working in the corporate world. But now that I am already a WAHM, I don’t pump milk na. Direct feeding na. Kaya lalong walang stash. Hehe

  5. I truly envy those moms who can breastfed their child for long. That is my ultimate wish.

    1. You can do it also, Mommy. 🙂 Just believe in yourself.

  6. I thought blood donation lang pwede, it’s cool na you can donate breast milk. This will be a huge help for babies that needs it so much. Now I know about this, maybe when I become a mom gawin ko to 🙂

    1. Ay yes, when you become a Momma in the future I urge you to breastfeed your child so you’ll be able to maintain a good amount of milk supply and be able to donate breastmilk in the future. 😀

  7. I live very near the Parenting Emporium and it really is a great place where women can come together and feel safe, empowered in their parenting. Glad to know that you support Milk Share! I think it’s an amazing drive, and wish more and more organizations would have their own.

    1. It really is, Martine! I bet you almost always visit the Parenting Emporium as you are also one of the advocates when it comes to empowering the women. 🙂

  8. I’ve heared of this “milk sharing” before and I think this is really good. I just hope that they will screen the mommies too? You know just to be sure that they are in good shape

    1. I think they did. But there’s this study that even Mommas who have a cold and cough are not discouraged from breastfeeding their babies because that’s the time the Momma’s create more antibodies which are then transferred to the breast milk. Amazing, isn’t it? 😀

  9. New moms don’t have it easy, so it’s extremely important to help them as much as we could. Donating milk is a great idea and very useful. I’m glad something like this exists 🙂

    1. I agree. Even I struggled with my milk supply in the first few weeks after giving birth. It’s not that easy. Good thing there is donation drive such as these. Thank God for all the mommas who have kind hearts. 🙂

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