Stephanie L.

Stephanie L.

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Milkbank3“I started to pump exclusively because my daughter would not latch, and I even had a meeting with a lactation consultant but that still did not help. I had decided even if my daughter didn’t latch I was still going to give her breast milk. And that started my pumping journey – I was pumping around the clock to keep up with the needs of my daughter. At first it wasn’t bad, I would sit down and pump while holding the breast pump flanges to my breasts. I was not able to do anything because if I moved the flanges would adjust just a little bit and I would lose suction and milk would spill out. Overtime it became harder to pump because I knew for that period of time I would not be able to do anything else but pump. I went to a local breastfeeding group and won a door prize, and wouldn’t you know it it was a Simple Wishes Hands Free Bra. I was excited and skeptical because I had tried other hands free bras in the past and, because of my large breasts, they did not fit. I figured there was nothing to lose and I would give this new bra a try. I went home and tried it immediately. Much to my surprise it fit! I couldn’t believe it and the next step was to see how it felt to pump in it. I pumped for the first time with it on and I fell in love with it, I felt like a gained a sense of independence from my breast pump and was no longer immobilized while pumping. Along with that independence I was able to pump until I was empty. I started to fill the receiving bottles up more and more; next thing I knew I was pumping anywhere from 36 fl. oz. to 20 fl. oz. a pump session. My goal was to always give my daughter fresh milk, so I would make a bottle with the milk just pumped and the rest would go into the freezer. Before I knew it I had quite a milk supply saved up. I thought to myself there is no way we are going to use all this so why not donate it to The King’s Daughters (local) Milk Bank? My family and I made our first donation and there was no looking back. Over the course of the first year of my daughter’s life we donated a total of 10,882 fl. oz. of breast milk. The breast milk that we donated goes to the hospital’s sickest, most fragile patients. One ounce of breast milk will give four treatments to medical fragile infants and two ounces of breast milk can feed a medical fragile infant for a day. All together I was able to donate 43,548 lifesaving treatments to medically fragile infants. Without the use of my Simple Wishes Bra I never would have been able to do that, let alone pump for 14 months and 10 days for my daughter. Even though I am done pumping using the Simple Wishes Bra allowed me to also build a supply for my daughter, who at 17 months, is still receiving breast milk. I love this product and have given it as gifts to many of my friends.”

By | 2017-09-25T18:16:39+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Stephanie L.

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