Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mommy Milkshare: Milk Drive Event to Benefit Fabella Milk Bank

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 though is that some mothers have the misconception that if they can't produce milk after giving birth, then they wont have milk at all thus they resort to formula feeding. This was  me with my two previous pregnancies, though I was able to breastfeed our eldest for a couple of months but eventually mixed fed. With our second baby, I never got the chance to breastfeed her at all. However, with our youngest, I was already equipped with right information thus I chose to breastfeed her for more than 2 years. It was not easy, there were a lot of struggles but we eventually survived it thanks to the breastfeeding support group I joined on Facebook, and of course support from the people around me especially my husband. I believe that breastfeeding should be given an importance in our country, we need to disseminate correct information to all expectant mothers in every community to encourage more women to choose breastfeeding. 

On the other hand, there are mommies who 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 milksharing are usually the solution. 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. 

Are you a breastfeeding mom, or a mom who believes in the importance of breastfeeding? Then you will probably also consider milksharing or donating one’s breastmilk to be a noble endeavor. 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 breastmilk 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 milksharing – willbe 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 breastmilk 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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