Thursday, August 4, 2011
Thankful for mother's who donate what an adoptive mama usually can't give...
So today, I met up with a woman named Jen who I had found this summer. She was willing to donate breastmilk to our baby...In our process I have decided I would like our baby to have breastmilk and had begun the search for women who are so amazing to donate/share what is so precious for their babies to others who can't (usually) produce it for theirs.
I have been amazed at how many women have had such compassion for us and our adoption process. I still met with Jen (even though our placement has recently failed - FYI it will keep for a year in the deep freeze) because, you see, now she is moving out of state and I said I could pass it along to a dear friend of mine whose baby is about to be born and Jen didn't want it to go to waste in their move...She was so amazing to say the least. I felt like I knew her and she did with me due to our blog. She recognized me right away go figure...
I will say what she had to give me is the liquid GOLD of the breastmilk community...colostrum. She had recently had her third child and was hoping to be able to nurse her and began to pump and did for the first week or so of her baby's life but unfortunately her daughter has some restrictions in her diet and would never be able to nurse due to this but they didn't know right away thus she pumped. I was soooo thankful that she was willing to give this to me and she has graciously held it during the summer for me since I have been in KC.
I am still so amazed at how connected people feel to me when they read our blog...even when I am getting something off craigslist! I have my blog address in my email signature even on my phone (of course I omit it at first when I first ask someone about something on craigslist but once I feel ok I let it stay in my responses to them). So many people have read it this way and they always have compassion and want to help. I am so thankful for all these wonderful people I have met (due to breastmilk inquiry, an adoption topic, or something even like craigslist) who otherwise I would have never known in a million years!
p.s. if you are interested in finding breastmilk donors for your baby there are links on the lower left column to help you