New 24-Hour Donor Milk Dispensary Open in Peoria.
Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
by Britney Hodges
3M ago
https://www.milkbankwgl.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/opening-of-osf-dispensary.mp4   By: 25NewsWeek Click here to watch the full video The post New 24-Hour Donor Milk Dispensary Open in Peoria. first appeared on Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes ..read more
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Milk Donation as a Gift of Gratitude: My NICU Journey and the Power of Community
Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
by Britney Hodges
8M ago
When our son Eli was born, he ended up in the NICU. During the early times of his stay, I thought the stress and not being with my baby 24-7 would cause me to lose my supply. Luckily my supply increased from pumping and I was producing more than double what he needed. Eventually, due to medical complications, we had to reduce the amount of breast milk he was given. Because of the minimal volume he was allowed to have plus an oversupply, I was left with an abundance of milk. With all the support we’ve received from others I’ve tried to give back and had the honor to donate milk twice duri ..read more
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Paying It Forward: My Milk Donation Journey from Donor to Recipient.
Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
by Britney Hodges
8M ago
With my first son, I stumbled across the Milk Bank WGL when trying to figure out what to do with the extra milk I was able to pump once returning to work. With my second son, I learned about local informal milk sharing networks and shared with several families there. However, my third son had a rougher start and spent time in the NICU; while there, he received donor milk (from Milk Bank WGL donors!) for a number of days before I was able to pump enough to give him. I was so very grateful for the generosity of others whose gifts ensured that he was well-fed and able to overcome his medical obs ..read more
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From NICU to Milk Donor: Our Story of Resilience and Giving Back
Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
by Britney Hodges
8M ago
  Sammy was admitted to the NICU at 4 days old with jaundice. He was given donor milk while in the NICU. Although his stay was relatively brief, experiencing the NICU was extremely formative for our family. We were immensely grateful to have the option of donor milk. When Sammy got home, he would no longer latch, despite our best efforts working with a lactation consultant. I made the decision to exclusively pump and bottle feed him breast milk. Although this was not how we thought our breastfeeding journey would go, the silver lining of this has been the ability to donate my oversupply ..read more
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Pumping with Purpose: Navigating Early Challenges and Paying It Forward
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by Britney Hodges
8M ago
My son was born at 35 weeks. Fortunately, our biggest issue was low blood sugar. Bryson was also unable to latch to the breast and with the critically low blood sugars, he was started on IV fluids. When he gained some strength back we chose to use donated breast milk and he ate like a champ. We were so thankful to have this option for him. We continued to attempt breastfeeding, however had no luck. Thus my pumping journey began. From that point on I decided to exclusively pump. I have been so thankful to be able to pump enough for Bryson, as well as build a freezer stash. We were so thankful ..read more
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Mother’s Milk Bank set to expand in order to meet demand for donor milk
Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
by Britney Hodges
8M ago
https://www.milkbankwgl.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/10.30-Local-Nonprofit-milk-bank-set-to-expand-720p60.mp4   By: ABC7 Chicago Digital Team Click here to watch the full video CHICAGO (WLS) — There will be more benefits for babies in the north suburbs as a local nonprofit milk bank is set to expand. Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes just purchased a bigger building in Elk Grove Village to meet the growing demand for donor milk. Susan Urbanski, program manager for Mother’s Milk Bank, and Lindsey Nosbaum, who has donated milk and received milk for her baby, shared the imp ..read more
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As demand for human milk surges, west suburban milk bank announces expansion
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by Britney Hodges
8M ago
The future home of Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes in Elk Grove Village. Photo credit Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes  By Sarah Herrera Original Story found here.  (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, a nonprofit that provides pasteurized human milk to families and babies in need, is more than doubling its space with a move to a new, 15,000-square-foot facility in Elk Grove Village. https://www.milkbankwgl.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/West-suburban-milk-bank-expanding-to-larger-facility.mp3 “We’re just going to be ..read more
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Donor human milk bank ready for expansion, more milk for Wisconsin and Illinois babies
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by Britney Hodges
8M ago
Submitted By: Jinnie Hoggarth Original Story found here.  Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes (Milk Bank WGL), is preparing for a significant expansion with the recent purchase of a 15,000 square foot building in the heart of Elk Grove Village, IL. Full renovation of 560 Bonnie Lane is slated to start in November 2023, with completion targeted for fall of 2024. Milk Bank WGL operates an infant nutrition organization within the nation’s largest industrial park, combining food processing with public health through an innovative, multidisciplinary approach. “This expansion is esse ..read more
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Demand for Donor Breast Milk in Chicago Area Increasing, As Bipartisan Bill Aims to Improve Access Nationwide
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by Britney Hodges
8M ago
Milk and Moon Lactation Counseling LLC in Spring Valley, Ill., is a milk depot and donor milk dispensary in partnership with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. (Courtesy of Milk and Moon Lactation Counseling) By: Eunice Alpasan Original Story found here.  Alisha Lopez was a new mother to baby Hazel this past summer when she learned from lactation consultants that she was producing more breast milk than was necessary to feed her baby. She made the decision to donate her breast milk after seeing firsthand as a nurse how donor breast milk can be used to help sick and premat ..read more
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Demand rises for donated breast milk amid baby formula shortage
Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
by Britney Hodges
8M ago
Click here to watch the full video By: Austin Schindler MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WAOW) – An Abbotsford mother donated a Marshfield Clinic record 60 gallons of breast milk in only four months. While any parent knows just how much work a new baby is, Dulce Maria Medina still wanted to go the extra mile and help other parents. Dulce had trouble breastfeeding at first. Once she was able to start pumping, she had more than enough milk to spare. The family ended up buying a second refrigerator to store the excess milk, and once they were cleared to donate, the clinic couldn’t believe it. “They opened up ..read more
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