Midlothian mom, Kaci, tells her milk donor story
After Kaci had her second son, she found herself Googling “What can I do with my extra breastmilk?” She explains, “I was overproducing and ended up buying a deep freezer.” At one point, Kaci realized she might have to throw her extra milk away. She says, “I also didn’t feel right about selling it for profit when I knew there were babies who could desperately use it.” So, in July 2013, Kaci started donating to the closest milk bank to Victoria, Texas, Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin.
Since then, Kaci and her husband of 6 years, moved to Midlothian. After the birth of their third child, a daughter, Kaci started donating to Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas (MMBNT). The approval process was convenient and included a telephone interview and free blood test.
Breastfeeding certainly had its challenges with all three of her children. Noah, her oldest at age 5, would never latch. Isaiah, age 2, always preferred a bottle and Sarai, age 1, struggled with tongue-tie and breathing disorders that made nursing efficiently nearly impossible. She ended up pumping for all three and is still exclusively pumping for Sarai.
Bottles of breastmilk are so popular in her house, 2 year-old Isaiah has been known to secretly grab Sarai’s stash, evident by his “big, goofy milk grin.” Luckily, there is enough of Kaci’s milk for everyone, even the medically needy babies served by MMBNT.
When asked why she donates to other babies, Kaci says, “Each time I have donated, I feel so happy and blessed to be able to have the experience of not only feeding my baby, but also helping other babies whose mothers aren’t able to produce. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes willing mothers to help other mothers in their times of need.”
We couldn’t have said it better. To become a donor or to learn more about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, click here.