Giving Back to Help Other Babies - A Donor's Story
March 22, 2021
Kristian is very similar to many of the donors at Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas. When mothers struggle to produce enough breastmilk for their own babies, donor milk becomes a miraculous and treasured gift. If they end up with an excess supply in the future, many moms pay it forward by donating to help other families.
Kristian’s first encounter with the power of human milk happened shortly after the birth of her first son, Kase. Kristian had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a condition when blood sugar levels become high during pregnancy.
Consequently, Kase was born with low blood sugar. Kristian says, “Donor milk was the only thing that helped get his blood sugar up so that we could take him home from the hospital.”
After struggling to maintain an adequate supply of breastmilk for Kase, Kristian’s breastfeeding journey with her second son, Keeton, was completely different. With lessons learned the first time around, she had a much more successful experience.
Kristian ended up with more milk than Keeton needed, and after learning about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas from her Ob-Gyn, decided to become a milk donor. She says, “I’m so blessed to be able to help other babies like the mothers who donated milk to help Kase.”
“Becoming a donor has made me realize how precious a mother’s milk is. There is so much joy in not only being able to feed your own child, but in helping other mothers who may not be able to do the same.” ~ Kristian