Donor mom Camille learned about MMBNT in 2013 shortly after her first son was born. She pumped at night for relief before bed and when she ran out of freezer space, a quick google search led her to the milk bank. When her second son was born in 2015, Camille knew she wanted to donate again…she signed up to be a donor right away and again began the pump before bed to be able to have a bottle if needed and donate the rest.
When Camille’s daughter, Juniper, was born in 2022 and she had extra breastmilk, Camille was ready to donate again. This time around she had Juni’s three older brothers to help – all wanting to refill her water or feed Juni while Camille pumped. Camille’s husband was there to help, too, washing and drying the pump parts to they were ready for the next round.
As a three-time donor, Camille has now donated almost 1,500 oz with Juni, for a total of 1,750 oz. Camille’s advice to new donors: your mental health comes first. Pumping, storing, washing, entertaining a toddler and baby…it can be exhausting. Camille shares her third baby was not a great nurser and at that point in her life, she just couldn’t make the time to pump and maintain her mental health and relationship with her older boys. She says, “Each baby is different and any amount of milk you can donate is such a sacrifice and blessing to those in need. Donating to me means cheering on all the mamas/parents doing their best for their babies. It is an act of love for all the babies out there who need the riches breastmilk provides.”
We couldn’t agree more, Camille!