Facebook Chat with Amy Vickers!

Facebook Chat with Amy Vickers!

MMBNT - Go ChatFacebook Chat with us on Wed., Aug., 6th

What do you want to know about breastfeeding and milk banking? Join our Executive Director Amy Vickers, RN, BSN, IBCLC for a live Facebook chat about breastmilk and babies on Wed., August 6 from 11 a.m. to noon on our Facebook Page.

Amy will answer your questions on topics such as:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding to babies and moms
  • Pumping breastmilk and continuing to breastfeed when working
  • Breastfeeding tips and support
  • Anything you want to know about breastfeeding or the Milk Bank

It’s easy to participate. Simply visit: https://www.facebook.com/mothersmilkbank

On August 6 at 11 a.m., look for Amy’s Facebook post that will kick off the live chat. Then, submit your questions in the comment thread of that post. Amy will respond to as many questions as possible during the hour-long chat!

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Milk Donors Needed! Here’s Why…

Milk Donors Needed! Here’s Why…

Simone Summerlin
Donor Program Coordinator

Video Collett - baby in NICUTo conclude our Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas video series, we take a look at all the good that comes from donating breast milk. Along with powerful and inspiring stories from donors and recipients alike, the series has also featured tidbits of good information from neonatologist Erin Hamilton Spence and our own Production Manager, Shaina Starks-Solis. In case you missed them, some of the many benefits include:

  • 80% of the processed donor human milk is dispensed to babies in hospital NICUs
  • Just a few ounces of milk can feed a preemie for sometimes up to 24 hours
  • Donating to a non-profit milk bank guarantees the donations go to the most critically-ill babies who need it most
  • Breastmilk really does provide immunities unavailable from other sources

You can watch the fourth video in the series here: Why Should I Donate?

Our incredible Video Collett - newborn NICU 2donor moms helped us fill our hospital orders this year, but a rise in awareness means a rise in need. In order to meet this years’ anticipated demand, Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas will need at least 805 generous donor moms to drop off or ship us their “liquid gold.” Any healthy, breastfeeding mother with a baby under 1 year old is eligible to donate. If you are interested, please contact Simone Summerlin via email at simone@texasmilkbank.org.

If you missed any of the videos in our four-part series, you can see them all here on our YouTube page.

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August 2014 – Photo-A-Day Challenge on Instagram

August 2014 – Photo-A-Day Challenge on Instagram

Participate in our August 2014 Photo-A-Day Challenge on Instagram

Have you participated in a Photo-A-Day Challenge or contest yet? We invite you to celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Milk Banking by participating in our August 2014 Photo-A-Day event on Instagram!

MMBNT_August_Photo-A-Day_640x640If you haven’t already done so, then follow us on Instagram @TexasMilkBank. Download the calendar here or look for it in our Instagram feed. Then, every day in August you simply post a picture that matches the theme of the day using hashtag #MMBNTPHOTOADAY when posting.

What do you do to have fun? Show us on Friday, August 1! Post a selfie of you and your kiddos on August 3- Selfie Sunday. We’re celebrating our 10th Year of accepting, pasteurizing and dispensing donor human milk this year and we’ll show you our “10-inspired Photo” on August 9. What will yours be?

Christina Murphy's breastmilk

August 16: @TexasMilkBank – Check out my Breastmilk Freezer Stash #MMBNTPHOTOADAY

And, on August 16, open up those freezers and show us your Breastmilk Freezer Stash. (You get the idea!)

Want more fun? In honor of our 10-Year Anniversary, we’ll have 10 SURPRISE PRIZE DAYS! We’ll pick a favorite photo on 10 random days in August and send the winner a $10 Gift Card by mail. The more you participate, the more chances to win!

To recap – playing photo-a-day couldn’t be easier. It really couldn’t. Here’s how to play:

  1. Grab your camera phone.
  2. Look at the monthly calendar to find the prompt for the day. {The number corresponds to the date of the month}.Take a photo using the prompt as inspiration.
  3. Share your photo on Instagram, adding the hashtag #MMBNTPHOTOADAY to your caption (so people can find you, and others know what you’re doing).
  4. After you’ve shared, check out other families’ photos by searching #MMBNTPHOTOADAY on Instagram.

See you soon on Instagram @TexasMilkBank!

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Who Receives the Donor Milk? Incredible Stories from Recipient Families

Who Receives the Donor Milk? Incredible Stories from Recipient Families

Simone Summerlin
Donor Mom Coordinator

We hope you’re enjoying the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas video series so far. On our Texas Breastfeeding blog, we’re always telling the stories about moms who donate their “liquid gold” and the impact it has on their lives, but what about the stories of those who received the donor milk? Our videos gave us a chance to feature families that received donor milk for their babies.

SLATELANDON 326The generous contributions from our awesome donor moms helped babies such as Slate Suson. His mom, Christine, tells the heart-wrenching story in the third part of our video series, Who Receives the Milk? Born with gastroschisis, Slate was in desperate need of the vital nutrients that only breastmilk can provide.

Twins Jack and Harper Collett were born early at 30 weeks. The preemies were in NICU when they started Video Collett - Tony and newborn babyreceiving the donor human milk. Because of the  benefits she saw in her own babies, mom Melissa decided to donate to Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.

Both Christal Suson and the Collett family happily say that you would never know their babies faced such challenges at birth.

To see more of their powerful stories, visit our YouTube page and watch the third video in our series.

Can you relate to the stories told by the amazing families in the videos? Do you have an inspiring story as a donor or recipient family? Contact us to share your family’s story.

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Who Donates the Milk? Our awesome donor moms, of course!

Who Donates the Milk? Our awesome donor moms, of course!

Simone Summerlin
Donor Mom Coordinator

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas loves our donor moms! They are incredible and touch us daily with their compassion. Thanks to generous donor moms like Brittani Goodson and Modupe Apetuje-Ajiboye, Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas distributed 414,618 ounces of “liquid gold” last year; just think of all the sweet little ones who received that precious gift.

It is the kindheartedness of our donors that inspired the second installment in our video series- Who Donates the Milk? Warm feelings of knowing their milk was irreplaceable and viGoodson-40tal to help a baby survive and thrive were just the beginning for Goodson and Apetuje-Ajiboye. Giving to a non-profit milk bank such as Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas ensured that their donation would help the babies who need it most. An added bonus: the donation process is easy and most healthy, breastfeeding women are eligible.

Hear more about their stories and watch the full video here.

These families have incredible stories that deserve to be shared, in hopes that we increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, donating and receiving human milk.

Did these stories inspire you to become a donor mom? Tell us more by visiting www.texasmilkbank.org or call (817)810-0071 for more information.

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