Guess what? I am an approved milk donor for Helping Hands Milk Bank!!!! I received the news yesterday while we were out and about. To say I am excited is an understatement. I am thrilled! I am also very humbled. It absolutely amazes me that something so simple, can be used to help babies all across the U.S. I truly do feel humbled and honored to be a part of the process. We were discussing this with the girls. I was explaining that this was what I wanted for my Christmas present. I have donated blood before and was telling them it was similar. The oldest said, "Wow Mommy! It is like you are a secret Santa to little babies!" That about describes it! I am very, very excited. When Helping Hands informed me I was a donor, I got a very thorough email detailing my next steps. They give you two options. 1. You can be a one-time donor of your frozen breastmilk. or 2. You can be an on-going donor. I am going to be an ongoing donor, until the Professor weans himself. My donor status will last 123 days. I was able to email them back and place an "order" for my cooler. They also are supplying me with milk storage bags. Once I get my first cooler I can fill it up with all my frozen supply and ship it at their expense! Seriously. It is that easy! Also included in my approval email was a list of what exactly happens to my milk after it arrives. I enjoyed reading it, but here is the best part, and the only reason I am doing this...." If the milk passes all the tests, your thoughtful donation will be made into the only Human Milk Fortifier made from 100% human milk and Standardized Human Milk for use in NICUs around the U.S"
I love it! By January 1st, I should have my first shipment delivered! You better believe I will post an update once I do. Merry Christmas to ME!