If you are reading this post after the original request deadline, please continue to send stories as the work to create and establish a milk bank in Utah is ongoing. Thank you to all the families who continue to share their stories.
We are passing along an urgent request for mothers’ stories. Your stories will help make milk banking and safe shared milk a reality for Utah families. Think of all the mothers, the babies, and the milk flowing in our community!
Looking back on your own experiences and that of your friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors — do you know of babies who could have benefited from donated milk due to low milk supply, adoption, or other challenges? Have you had personal experience with a milk bank at any time? Would you consider donating milk if a local milk bank offered pumps and lactation support?
You may add your story to the comments below, email LLL of SLC at firstname.lastname@example.org and contact Nicole directly as noted.
Thank you for taking the time to consider these issues and to pass a link or message on to others.
I am the Mothers’ Milk Bank Task Force Coordinator for the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition. An initial meeting to propose the establishment of a milk bank at the University of Utah will take place next week. (The University of Utah received the Baby-Friendly Hospital certification last February.) I have proposed the presenter to include mothers’ “testimonies” as one way to illustrate the need of a milk bank here.
Whether you could have benefited from a milk bank in the Salt Lake valley because your baby needed banked milk or you had excess milk and wanted to donate it, would you be willing to briefly describe your (past, present, or future) situation and e-mail it to me? If you had to use the services and products of a milk bank outside Utah, please mention it as well. If you have relatives or friends who could have benefited from a milk bank in the Salt Lake valley, please forward this message to them. The more names and stories I will be able to show, the stronger the message of the need for a milk bank from the grassroot standpoint.
Please act on this at your earliest convenience. I promised the presenter that I would produce a report by Monday.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Nicole Bernshaw, MSc, IBCLC
Mothers’ Milk Bank Task Force Coordinator
Utah Breastfeeding Coalition
5878 S. Country Hills Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84118 USA
Tel: (801) 969-7391
“Human breasts, and the incomparable nurturing and nourishment they provide, help define who and what we are as a species.” (James Akre. The Problem with Breastfeeding: A Personal Reflection. Hale Publishing, 2006.)