1st October 2013
I really struggled to express milk for my first baby and came to think of the breast pump as kind of a torture instrument. I had previously worked on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a short while and had developed a huge respect for those mothers who managed to express milk for their tiny babies under such emotional and stressful conditions. I also felt huge sympathy for those mothers who found they could not- I would have been one of those mothers.
When I approached the breast pump (with some trepidation) after the birth of baby number 2, I was surprised at how much easier it was to express this time round- and so this was my chance to help those tiny babies and their mothers who were not as fortunate as I with my healthy bouncing baby.
Becoming a donor was very straightforward. I contacted Lynda and within a few weeks I was well into my routine of expressing in the morning. Lynda provided the sterile bottles, freezer thermometer and all the advice I needed as well as an attractive ‘milk bank’ mug which has become quite a talking point for my visitors!
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to do something practical to help those people who are having to somehow cope with the illness or prematurity of their babies