I can’t imagine a more precious baby gift than helping another mother’s child to live, and that’s exactly what hundreds of mothers have done since 2005 by donating their breastmilk to premature babies through the National Milk Bank, a nationwide organization that collects donated human milk, ensures milk safety and quality and makes it available for premature and critically ill babies.
Breastfeeding has become increasingly popular over the last few years because of research that has proven the overwhelming benefits of breast milk.
Many of the mothers who donate have children of their own, but a good portion of the donations come from bereaved mothers who have lost their babies. These mothers see their donation as a way to honor their lost child. Can you think of a more incredibly selfless ?
According to their Web site, the goals of the National Milk Project are:
- To provide a confidential way for mothers across the U.S. to donate their milk.
- To build a network of support for breastfeeding mothers and parents of premature infants.
- To ensure safety and quality of human milk through screening and processing.
- To provide supporting scientific studies of the benefits of breast milk for all, especially premature infants.
My hat is off to these women and this organization, who truly make a difference in the world every day. I would be hard-pressed to find a more meaningful baby gift than the one I’ve just described, but if you’re lucky enough to know mothers who are welcoming healthy children into the world, you can find many meaningful baby gifts at CornerStorkBabyGifts.com, where babies–all babies—come first.